Health plans should cover autism
By John Albers
Before the 2013 Legislative Session, I spent considerable time listening to the needs and concerns of my constituents. I was particularly struck by the number of families whose children have autism and the rising cost of their health care. I have a heart for those with specials needs and proudly sit on the board of directors for EnAble of Georgia. For these reasons, I decided to sponsor Senate Bill 191, known as Ava’s Law.
Ava Bullard was diagnosed with autism at age two and denied coverage under the state employee health plan. Her parents spent $5,000 a month for Ava to receive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics as the treatment of choice for autism. Today, Ava is a fourth-grader in a general education classroom and no longer requires intensive treatment.
Autism treatment isn’t a mandated coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and