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The Virginia House of Delegates voted, 74-24, to require insurers to provide autism coverage for children ages 2-6, signaling what could be the end of a long fight for autism coverage in the state.

This week Senator Janet Howell sponsored an identical bill that unanimously passed in the Senate Committee process and is currently awaiting a vote on the Senate floor next week. Attempts to pass a similar bill, which would have covered developmental delays, date back to 2000 with the Senate Bill 165. Broader legislation has also failed in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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