Autism Therapy Benefits Bill passes house with bipartisan support
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI) —
A bill that extends coverage for autism therapy and ensures access to those services for low-income families, passed out of the House of Representatives with bipartisan support this afternoon.
“I am ecstatic that all children, regardless of their parents income, will now have access to these essential services. Autism does not discriminate and neither should we,” said House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels who sponsored the amendment that requires the coverage be made available to low-income families through the Alabama Medicaid Agency.
At a meeting of the Insurance Committee last week, Rep. Jim Patterson, who is the sponsor of HB284, supported the amendment as did Rep. Chris England and Louise Alexander and a number of Republican legislators.
“Getting this legislation passed for children around the state is a great reminder of the difference we can make when we work together,” said Rep. Daniels.
The legislation drew intense support from advocates from across the state including the advocacy group, ALLKIDS.