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GA bill would increase age for autism insurance coverage help

Some Georgia lawmakers will soon consider a bill to help children on the autism spectrum. (Source: WALB) Some Georgia lawmakers will soon consider a bill to help children on the autism spectrum. (Source: WALB)
The Senate passed SB 118 this week 50 to 3, and it will now go over to the State House. (Source: WTOC) The Senate passed SB 118 this week 50 to 3, and it will now go over to the State House. (Source: WTOC)
One of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Greg Kirk, of Americus, has a family member with autism. (Source: WALB) One of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Greg Kirk, of Americus, has a family member with autism. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Some Georgia lawmakers will soon consider a bill to help children on the autism spectrum.

Under the current Georgia law, children ages 6 and under who are diagnosed with autism have access to funds to help pay for certain therapies, like speech, physical and occupational therapies.

This week, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 118, which would increase that age to 12.

One of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Greg Kirk, of Americus, has a family member with autism. He said he believes getting children with autism the support they need in their early years is important.

"That is so key. If they miss things during those developmental years, they're playing catch-up, sometimes the rest of their life," Kirk explained. "This is very vital and very key to our future."

The Senate passed the bill this week 50 to 3, and it will now go over to the State House.

To read the proposed legislation, click here.

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