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Costs of Autism – Legislative Action in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.

By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Virginia legislature has struck down a bill that would have required health insurers to pay for the cost of therapy for autistic children. Similar legislation has been enacted in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The legislative effort was the result of the national debate concerning the enormous increase in the diagnoses of autism among children. Two hundred (200) demonstrators went to Richmond, Virginia in January 2009 to show their support for this important legislation that would have afforded great financial relief to many Virginia families dealing with the enormous medical and therapy bills associated with Autism. Because of the failure of the legislation, however, some families are threatening to move from Virginia.

You can read more about this issue at Virginia Families Seeking Financial Relief with Costs of Care of Autistic Children.