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Lawmaker Warns Autism Law in Jeopardy
Written by Your 5News Team
Created on February 02, 2012 @ 2:01PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kanawha County lawmaker claims insurance companies are reneging on a legislative compromise that offered to extend coverage to West Virginia children with autism.
    
House Judiciary Vice Chairman Mark Hunt told delegates Thursday that insurers are targeting the benefit provision in the 2011 law.
    
After years of debate, the legislation passed last year will gradually require public and private insurers to cover applied behavioral analysis. This therapy is considered crucial for many of the neurological disorders diagnosed within the autism spectrum.
    
Hunt singled out Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia. A spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
    
The law is considered unenforceable because of technical flaws in the 2011 legislation. A bill pending in House Judiciary would fix those errors.

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