Autism health care bill heads to governor's desk

Law would lift the age cap for autism health care coverage

RICHMOND, Va. – Autism insurance for all ages is expected to be coming to Virginia.

The bill passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to Gov. Ralph Northam's desk for his signature, according to the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. 

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A bill that would lift the age cap for autism health care coverage is now closer to becoming law. 

The Virginia House passed the bill Tuesday.

Right now, insurance companies are only required to cover costs for ages two through 10.

Supporters estimate that about 10,000 people would gain access to autism health care. 

The sponsor of the bill, Delegate Bob Thomas, says no other prevalent health condition has coverage limits based on a patient's age. 

While a version of the bill has passed in both the House and the Virginia Senate, it needs to be confirmed by both chambers. If it passes that hurdle, it will then head to Gov. Northam's desk.

If he signs it, the age cap would be eliminated starting Jan.1, 2020.