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Governor Nathan Deal supports Autism bill

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One Albany woman says she's excited to see Governor Nathan Deal support a bill that would require insurance companies to cover therapy for autistic children six years or younger.

Supporters say early intervention can help children with autism learn to speak and lower later health care costs.

One mother says treatments can be very expensive, anywhere from 50 to 100 dollars an hour.

“Some of these kids don't need a lot of help but if they can get that early intervention that's really gonna save the insurance companies. They are looking at saving pennies when we are looking at being able to save tens of thousands of dollars down the road,” Albany resident Jackie Dixon.

The bill would cap coverage at 35-thousand dollars and would no apply to companies with 10 or fewer workers.

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