On February 2, 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB 1106 into law. Thank you to the sponsor of the bill, Delegate Greason, the General Assembly, and to the Governor. This law makes it possible for BCBAs and BCaBAs to become licensed in the state of Virginia. The licensure regulations can now be created.
We are excited that children ages 2-6 with Autism can access ABA services covered by insurance once these regulations are completed. We are pleased that more children will be able to access services.
VIA was an active participant in all aspects of this legislation on autism insurance reform. Ethan Long, Executive Director, helped to write the bill. Peggy Halliday, Outpatient Supervisor of Training and Supervision, and Annie McLaughlin, Outreach Program Supervisor, lobbied with delegates and attending committee meetings. Other BCBAs and staff members emailed their delegates.
In 2011, the legislature passed a bill requiring insurance to cover services (ABA, OT, SLP, PT) for 2-6 year olds with autism (up to $35,000/yr). The governor signed the bill into law but amended it to require that licensed professionals provide the services. BCBAs have a national certification but there is no state license. This bill, HB 1106, is the bill that creates a Virginia state license for BCBAs.