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Virginia Autism News:
Feb. 7 Update
Gov. McDonnell Signs
Bill Protecting ABA Coverage Under State's
Autism Insurance Law
RICHMOND, VA -- Governor
Bob McDonnell today signed HB-1106 into
law, correcting a flaw that had been
incorporated in Virginia's 2011 autism insurance
The bill assures that
providers of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are
covered under the law by establishing a state
licensing procedure for ABA providers.
Virginia enacted a law that
ended discrimination against children diagnosed
with autism but there was a large problem in the
law. BCBA’s were named as professionals to
implement, design and oversee ABA programs but
then required them to be licensed. BCBA’s have
a national certification. As there was no
licensing board in Virginia, this law was
impossible to implement. HB-1106 requires the
Virginia Board of Medicine to develop licensing
standards for BCBA to be implemented and
monitored by the Board of Medicine. While the
bill passed on 2/7/2012, the Board of Medicine
has 280 days to develop the standard process.
It is projected that these standard are in place
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