Autism Insurance Bill Before WV House

The state Senate Finance Committee has endorsed legislation that would require insurance coverage for children with autism.

The committee unanimously sent the measure to the full Senate Thursday. Kanawha County Democrat Brooks McCabe says enough time remains to get the bill passed before the session ends Saturday.

The legislation includes annual benefit caps proposed in the bill when it passed the House last month. A Senate subcommittee has amended the bill so benefits would not start until age two.

The measure also exempts health plans for employers with 25 or fewer workers. It would otherwise require private and public insurers to pay for applied behavioral analysis.

Insurers warn that mandating such coverage will increase costs.

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