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Senate Bill 118 increases insurance coverage for kids with autism

Governor Nathan Deal just signed Senate Bill 118 into law, which regulates insurance coverage of children with autism. (Source: WALB) Governor Nathan Deal just signed Senate Bill 118 into law, which regulates insurance coverage of children with autism. (Source: WALB)
DeAnna Julian, Deputy Director, Albany ARC (Source: WALB) DeAnna Julian, Deputy Director, Albany ARC (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Governor Nathan Deal just signed Senate Bill 118 into law, which regulates insurance coverage of children with autism.

The bill lengthens the insurance coverage for children with autism from age 6 to age 20.

Before this revision was made, children only received coverage up until the age of 6.

Officials with the Albany ARC explained that autism is a developmental learning disorder, so children who suffer from it can develop at an older age than their peers.

That's why this bill is so important to families who have children with autism, to allow them to continue to have access to insurance to help pay for certain therapies, like speech, physical and occupational therapies.

The bill also increases the insurance cap to $35,000 where it use to only be $30,000. 

"Twenty-five percent of children with autism have Medicaid wavier funding so this allows the other 75 percent of families that don't have any funding really have access to needed services to continue to learn and ensure their children's success throughout the years and throughout their education," said Albany ARC Deputy Director DeAnna Julian.

The Albany ARC will be holding a fundraiser Friday night at Pretoria Fields beginning at 4 p.m.

Funds raised will go toward helping ARC provide life-changing opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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