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Atlanta Governor Deal Signs Autism Insurance Bill for Kids Which Will Cover Up To 30K Annually For Therapy

Atlanta Governor Deal Signs Autism Insurance Bill for Kids Which Will Cover Up To 30K Annually For Therapy

ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 11: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal answers questions from the media during a news conference at the Capitol building on February 11, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. An ice storm warning has been issued for the area through Thursday, with storms tonight expected to result in heavy ice accumulation. Widespread power outages are expected around Atlanta. (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a House-Senate bill that includes an insurance coverage requirement for autism known as Ava’s Law in honor of Ava Bullard of Lyons, a 10-year-old with the disorder.

To the roar of a crowd of legislators, parents and children with autism, Deal signed HB 429 Wednesday, saying it’s one of the most important pieces of legislation he’s signed as governor.

HB 429 also provides protection for patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses by prohibiting insurance carriers from dropping coverage or declining treatment.

The joint bill calls for children 6 and under to be covered for up to $30,000 of therapy annually.

 

Source:  Atlanta Associated Press

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