Monday, August 18, 2008

Support Virginia HB83 regarding medical insurance mandates for autism

From an e-mail that I was sent. I will be calling all these people this coming week and encourage my friends and readers to do the same to support Virginia HB83. I would love to see this committee hearing get the attention it deserves.

Again, my thanks to Delegate Jackson Miller for co-sponsoring this legislation.

Subject: Please support Autism Insurance Mandate

I am writing to urge you to support HB-83, the autism insurance reform bill, which will come before the Special Advisory committee for consideration in September 2008. This bill sponsored by Delegate Marshall, will end insurance discrimination for children with autism and provide them with the medically necessary health coverage they need.

Today, 1 in 150 individuals are diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. When children with autism receive appropriate services, they can make great gains and improve significantly.

This bill is a common sense and fiscally responsible way of helping families in Virginia access health care services from which they are currently excluded due to their child’s autism diagnosis. I urge you to help end this blatant discrimination by supporting HB-83.

Thank you for your support in this important matter to my family.


Senator George L. Barker (703)303-1426

P.O. Box 10527

Alexandria, VA 22310


Senator A. Donald McEachin (804)226-4111 (804)288-3381

4719 Nine Mile Road

Richmond, VA 23223


Delegate Terry G. Kilgore (276)386-7701

P.O. Box 669

Gate City, VA 24251


Delegate Clay Athey (540)635-2123

35 N. Royal Avenue

Front Royal, VA 22630


Delegate Tim Hugo (703)968-4101 (703)569-1201

P.O. Box 893

Centreville, VA 20122


Delegate Don Merricks (434)836-3370 (434)797-2400

2276 Franklin Turnpike

Suite 103

Danville, VA 24540


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