CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia lawmakers will try to correct errors in a new law that improves insurance coverage for children for autism.
House and Senate judiciary committee members endorsed a bill Wednesday for the 2012 legislative session to fix those mistakes.
The new law eventually will require both public and private insurers to cover applied behavioral analysis. Experts say this treatment can greatly help with some of the neurological disorders that fall under the autism diagnosis.
Legislative lawyers say the recently identified flaws are largely minor, but could make the law impossible to carry out.
The law exempts individual and small employer policies. It also sets spending and age limits. Some of the errors make those limiting provisions unclear. Others reflect language that was supposed to be removed before the legislation's passage.