May 05, 2015
On March 26, 2015, Gov. McAuliffe signed HB 1747 into law, creating Chapter 649. The new law requires insured health plans to provide coverage for mental health and substance use disorder benefits on the same basis as other benefits under the plan. This requirement is effective for group health plans delivered, reissued, renewed or extended on or after July 1, 2015. In addition, insured health plans must provide coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children age 2 through age ten. This requirement is effective for group health plans delivered, reissued, renewed or extended on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Although the new law applies to insurers and creates no new obligations for employers, Virginia employers should be aware of the new coverage requirements.
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