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VA Issue Area Autism 073010 RR

VA Issue Area Autism 073010 RR

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Health Care Facts: Virginia
Page 1 of 2
National Coalition on Health Care
July 2010
AUTISM'S MEDICAL COSTS

The Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis (Autism) ranges from $3.5 to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for Autism.1

Additionally, individuals with Autism have average medical expenditures that exceed those without Autism
by $4,110 to $6,200 per year.

The estimate includes the research, insurance, and non-covered expenses;
Medicaid waivers for Autism; educational spending; housing; transportation; and employment. The
estimate also includes related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.

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VIRGINIA AND AUTISM3

In 2008, over 330,000
Americans ages 3-21 had
Autism.

In Virginia alone, almost 9,000
individuals ages 3-21 had
Autism. This contributed to
Virginia having the 12th highest
Autism rate in the nation among
eight year olds enrolled in
public schools.

Moreover, in a recent report by
the Fairfax County Public
Schools, "1 in 83 enrolled
students are now diagnosed
with some form of Autism, an
846% growth since 1997."4

Cumulative Growth of Number of Cases of Autism Since 20005
From 2000-2006, Virginia had a greater cumulative increase in Autism
cases than the average rate increase in the United States.
RECENT STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS AND INITIATICES RELATED TO AUTSIM6

Employment for Individuals with Autism7

This law, enacted April 9, 2010, established specific goals for programs to assist
individuals with Autism to obtain and sustain employment. The program goal include,
skills training, behavioral support, and education.

- Virginia

The Patient
Protection and
Affordable Care
Act (ACA)8

ACA establishes a Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) and appropriates $500 million to
CAN for fiscal year 2010.
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Federal
The goals of CAN are to:
1. Promote innovation in technologies to support the advanced research and
development and production of High Need Cures;9
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Virginia, Autism, and Health Reform

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