A wide array of new state laws take effect July 1st, and among them are a statute that will ultimately extend health insurance coverage to many more children with autism spectrum disorder. The mandatory benefit covers diagnosis and treatment—and applies to ALL insurers except plans offered by self-insured companies and smaller businesses.
Lawmakers added a mandated insurance benefit for autism spectrum disorder in 2011. But the new law’s sponsor, Delegate Tag Greason, says that only covers children who are ages two through six.
In a landmark 5 to 4 decision today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality for all 50 states.
The ruling protects the marriages of nearly 2,000 Virginia couples who have married since marriage equality came to Virginia in October, thousands more who have had their marriages recognized, and dozens of children who have been adopted or had both their parents placed on their birth certificate.
Hundreds of people traveled to Roanoke yesterday from all corners of the commonwealth to rally on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Shelby County vs. Holder Decision. The 2013 case declared two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional – paving the way for states and localities to implement changes to their voting laws.