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Autism Insurance Bill Rebuffed in House

Source: Richmond Times DispatchWritten by STAFF REPORTS Written March 5

This is an except from the Richmond Times Dispatch, General Assembly Brief, March 5. Another attempt to mandate health insurance for autistic children was turned aside on the House of Delegates floor yesterday.

Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, sought to amend a bill that would allow health maintenance organizations to offer to small businesses health insurance that does not mandate insurance coverage, but Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, ruled the amendment was not germane.

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Letter: People are Concerned

Published September 21, 2009 As evidenced by town hall meetings and marches on Washington, D.C., there is a significant concern among the electorate that our elected officials are not listening to us. Speaking from personal experience I can tell you that our House Delegate Bob Marshall does not fit this profile.

Back in 2008, I contacted Delegate Marshall about sponsoring a bill that would require health insurers to offer coverage for a specific therapy critical to the recovery of individuals with autism. Delegate Marshall not only was a Patron and Co-Sponsor of this legislation (HB83/HB1588), he fought passionately for its passage. During the fight to pass HB 1588, Delegate Marshall demonstrated all the qualities that we should expect of our representatives:

1. He stood up to special interests who sought to kill the bill

2. He reached across party lines and worked with Democrats to pass the bill.

3. He risked the wrath of his own party to stand up for what he felt to be fair and just.

Delegate Marshall has my vote and he should have the votes of all voters in his District. In a time of great cynicism about politics he showed me that there is still hope that our representatives will listen to us

John Toepfer, Bristow

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