By Jonathan Slack, Market Research & Development Specialist, AHSS
At AHSS we believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, many families in America have insurance policies that do not cover autism services such as behavioral therapy. Autism insurance mandates are essential towards guaranteeing every child on the spectrum has the opportunity to flourish. On February 10th, the Virginia House voted to increase mandated insurance coverage for autistic children, expanding coverage to children on the spectrum up to age 10. The current mandate only covers children on the spectrum up to age 6. While the current mandate is better than nothing, expanding coverage to children 2 through 10 would benefit individuals who are diagnosed with autism at a later age. Everyone should be allowed to reach their full potential no matter how old they are. It is also unrealistic to think that an autistic individual at four or five would only need about a year and a half of therapy. AHSS hopes that Virginia’s Senate passes this mandate, so that families all over Virginia can reach their full potential. You can learn more about Bill 1940 in this article by the Daily Press.