The impasse over Georgia’s autism coverage bill has ended.
A compromise between House and Senate leaders, announced Thursday, would clear the way for a vote on the measure before the General Assembly session ends next week.
And the first legislative step came Friday morning, with approval of a newly reworked bill by the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee.
The compromise occurred only days after the autism legislation appeared stuck and probably doomed in the House Insurance Committee.
Senate Bill 1 would require many health insurance plans to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA), a treatment designed to help young children with autism reach their full potential in learning ability. The legislation would apply only to children 6 and under, and would not require coverage by large companies that self-insure their benefits.
A similar bill was unable to win approval last year, blocked in a standoff between the Senate and the House.
At the beginning of the week, it looked as though this year’s autism bill would also fail. full story