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House sends bill guaranteeing autism insurance for children
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ATLANTA (AP) — Insurers would be required to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage to treat children with autism under a bill headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

The House agreed, 161-0, to a compromise measure between both chambers on Thursday. Similar proposals have come forward for several years but never passed over House leaders' objections that it would burden small business owners.

Supporters say the change will encourage early diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Republican state Rep. Ron Stephens of Savannah says the deal is the result of negotiations between the House and Senate.