AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - An Alabama state senator has been named a 'Legislator of the Year' at the national Autism Law Summit.
Senator Tom Whatley of Auburn represents Lee, Russell, and Tallapoosa Counties. He co-sponsored a bill in the 2017 session of the Alabama Legislature that required insurance companies to offer coverage for autism treatment.
The bill was signed into law on May 19, making Alabama the 46th state to ensure insurance coverage for the treatment of autism.
"Autism affects thousands of families across Alabama, and it was time that we made sure those families could access affordable treatment for their children," Whatley said. "There are a lot of dry legislative battles in Montgomery, but this was a fight that was clearly worth it, and it is an honor to be recognized for the small part I played in the process."
The Autism Law Summit was held in San Diego.
The conference brought together over 200 autism service providers, lawyers, lawmakers, and parent advocates.