Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder. (SB593)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patrons Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), and Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder. Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in individuals from age two through age 18. Currently, such coverage is required to be provided for individuals from age two through age 10. The provision applies with respect to insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, or extended on or after January 1, 2019. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103303D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB593)
01/22/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/30/2018Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Passed by for the day
02/02/2018Read second time
02/02/2018Reading of amendments waived
02/02/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB593E
02/02/2018Printed as engrossed 18103303D-E
02/05/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB593E)
03/06/2018Left in Appropriations


teresa champion writes:

Hope we can lift the age cap on insurance coverage for individuals with a diagnosis of autism. The average age of diagnosis in Virginia is between 6-7 years old. with the current law, coverage is only guaranteed through age 10 on plans that are governed by state law.

--> Autism doesn't end at age 10- it is a lifelong disability.
--> No other prevalent health condition has coverage limits imposed based on the age of the patient.

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