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    Document Summary
    - Report Published -

    Senate Document No. 21
    PUBLICATION YEAR 1994

    Document Title
    The Mandated Direct Reimbursement of Audiologists and Speech Pathologists Pursuant to Sections 38.2-3408 and 38.2-4221 of the Code of Virginia

    Author
    Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits

    Enabling Authority
    9-298

    Executive Summary
    Sections 38.2-3408 and 38.2-4221 of the Code of Virginia require insurers regulated by the state to reimburse directly audiologists and speech pathologists who provide covered services within the scope of their licensure. The statutes do not extend coverage to any additional services offered by audiologists or speech pathologists, but only require reimbursement of such providers for services already covered under the existing contract. The state has mandated the reimbursement of audiologists and speech pathologists for covered services since 1989.

    The special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits (Advisory Commission) held a public hearing during its July 12, 1992 meeting to receive comments regarding the mandated provider categories of audiologist and speech pathologist. Three speakers were heard and written comments were received from three interested parties.