CALL TO ACTION! Ava's Law in Georgia

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!

3. Email Representative Ben Harbin (ben.harbin@house.ga.gov) 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 meagan@georgiaautismbill.com with questions.

 

Jamie George

The George Center for Music Therapy, 12060 Etris Rd. Suite 200, Roswell, GA

JAMIE GEORGE

Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!