The Autism Gap: The Fight for Insurance

An emotional battle is underway at the Capitol and it is one that will impact everyone in Georgia, including the estimated 30,000 children with autism and their families. House Bill 309 would require state health care plans to provide insurance for children with autism. State plans include private sector and state employees.

Let your lawmaker know how you feel about House Bill 309. Find your representative and let them know if you support or oppose House Bill 309 here.

To sign the petition FOR House Bill 309, requiring coverage, click here.

To sign the petition AGAINST House Bill 309, opposing coverage, click here.

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Autism 11Alive News Poll

2:15 PM, Feb 22, 2013

11Alive commissioned a scientific poll asking 500 people across the state of Georgia about autism.

State senators pass autism coverage bill

5:21 PM, Feb 25, 2014

State senators have passed their version of the autism insurance coverage bill.

Royal Caribbean is first 'autism-friendly' cruise line

10:33 AM, Feb 23, 2014

Royal Caribbean will take specific measures to help its guests with autistic family members enjoy their cruise.

Autism bill gets another push at Capitol

9:53 AM, Feb 4, 2014

Ava's Law would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment. The bill failed last year, but is now back on the table.

Gov. Deal supports autism coverage for state employees

8:47 PM, Jan 20, 2014

Last week, Gov. Deal said the healthcare plan covering state employees should cover autism treatment -- a move applauded by advocates who say early intervention can improve behavior and quality of life.

Autism bill opponents make case against "mandate"

6:55 PM, Jun 4, 2013

A 20-member state commission has its first hearing on Ava's Law, a bill requiring insurance coverage for treatment of autism.

Emory to conduct study of possible autism blood test

7:16 PM, May 29, 2013

Atlanta Business Chronicle reports Emory University is a site for the largest autism diagnosis study, and is looking for parents to volunteer with their children.

Xena the Warrior Puppy and boy with autism: match made in heaven

1:12 PM, Apr 10, 2013

Xena was abandoned and abused as a puppy. Jonny, with autism, was shy and quiet. Here's what happened when they met and became inseparable.

Unlikely to get a vote, autism bill gets a hearing

7:18 PM, Mar 11, 2013

The autism bill is assigned to a commission due to study it six more months.

No crossover for Autism Bill

7:57 PM, Mar 6, 2013

How does a bill with statewide support fail at the capitol? This is how. When a few powerful lawmakers say no.

Hail Mary Monday for the Autism Bill

10:34 PM, Mar 4, 2013

The fight is no longer to get the bill to a vote, it's about getting a hearing. We capture Hail Mary monday.

Autism Facts

• Autism affects 1 in 88 kids and 1 in 54 boys

• More kids diagnosed with Autism than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.

• 32 States have Autism included in insurance coverage

• Average claims indicates an avg. premium impact of 32 centers per member per month

• Cost of caring for someone with autism over their lifetime is $3.2M

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