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Autism bill gets another push at Capitol
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Autism bill gets another push at Capitol

(WXIA) -- Thousands of people signed a petition for it, and 30,000 Georgia children need it.

Now, Ava's Law will get another push at the Georgia State Capitol.

Ava's Law would require insurance companies to cover the cost of autism treatment. It's named for Anna Bullard's 9-year-old daughter, who benefited tremendously from the type of treatment the bill would cover.

"(Ava) couldn't speak. She didn't know I was her mama. And now ... she's a child that's a part of our family and can speak for herself and make her own choices," Bullard told 11Alive News Tuesday morning.

"It's about quality of life," Bullard added of Ava's Law. "It's about a child being able to speak or not. We want that to be available for all children, not just certain children."

Georgia State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) authored Ava's Law. Although the bill failed last year, Albers believes it now has the support it needs to pass.

"We can help children, those with special needs, and save money. It just doesn't get any better than that," Albers said.

He denied the argument that the bill will drive up insurance costs.

"Statistically, it doesn't drive up the cost really at all. And the savings that come back for someone who might be able to not be in a special needs classroom and be able to make it into a traditional classroom saves everybody money. It's simply the right thing to do," Albers said.

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