ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.
The compromise measure was approved 54-0 Tuesday after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told lawmakers he was proud they had taken a stand to help children with autism. The bill has been more than two years in the making.
State Sen. Charlie Bethel, a Dalton Republican, says the bill "celebrates hope" and is a major step in fighting what he describes as an epidemic of the condition.
Bethel and state Rep. Richard Smith, a Columbus Republican, announced late last week they had worked out a deal. The bill incorporates the language of Bethel's SB1 and Smith's HB 429, which deals with end-of-life coverage for terminal patients.