Assembly looks at insurance for autismAre insurance companies willing to cover such things as autism (to the tune of $36000 a year per patient)? You bet. Are they willing to pass those costs on to policyholders? In a heartbeat.
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
Richmond -- Lavada Robertson said she was stunned when a doctor confirmed her 212-year-old daughter Audreanna had autism.
Then she found out her health care coverage, provided through her job at a major financial institution, wouldn't pay for treatments for the condition.
In a little more than a year since then, Robertson, of Hardy in Franklin County, said she has racked up nearly $30,000 in credit and other debts to pay for Audreanna's autism treatment. Robertson said she's on her third mortgage.
That's why she and 200 others from around the state gathered Thursday at a rally in Capitol Square as this year's General Assembly session kicked off.
The crowd was there to lobby for a bill that would require private insurance companies to provide coverage for autism. Such a bill has been introduced in the state Senate and House of Delegates. It would require insurers cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for people younger than 21, with an annual maximum benefit of $36,000. [link]
Add the cost of insuring autistic children (and adults?) to the costs of hundreds of other treatments that state and federal governments have mandated by law and you get ...
... our outrageously expensive health care delivery system.
But it's okay. Obama is going to make it all better ...
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* A footnote: "There is no standard, universally accepted treatment of autism; in fact, every single method has its detractors." No problem. We'll just pay for them all.