Ava’s Law, which state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, filed this week, would require Georgia-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism, which includes expensive, intensive therapies and services. Georgia is one of just 18 remaining states yet to require autism coverage by law. Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana did this and SO CAN WE! Georgia's 1 in 88 Can't Wait!
Currently, insurance companies in Georgia won’t pay for specialized therapy for children with autism. Parents must either accept the diagnosis and rely on minimal services from the public school system, or pay for therapy that can improve the child’s abilities at an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 per year.
Ava’s Law is named for Ava Bullard, an 8-year-old Lyons, Ga., girl whose mother, Anna, has crusaded for the insurance coverage since her daughter was diagnosed with autism.
To help advocate for our children please do one or more of the following:
1. Call, email, or pay a visit to your legislators and urge them to vote for HB 309! You can find you legislators by going to www.votesmart.org and entering your zip code.
2. Share this blog or any of the links below on your social networking sites so that others may join our crusade!
- Ave’s Law Facebook Page
- Ava’s Story Video
- Georgia Autism Legislation
- Take Action! Through Autism Speaks
- HB 309 (Ava’s Law)
3. Email Representative Ben Harbin (email@example.com) and THANK HIM for championing this Bill! Co-sponsors are: Rep. Katie Dempsey, Rep. Matt Ramsey, Rep. Nikki Randall, Rep. Paul Battles and Rep. Jay Neal.
4. Sign up at www.georgiaautismbill.com to receive future email campaigns immediately. Please contact Meagan Andrade at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.