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Last Shot for Georgia Autism Insurance Bill

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Georgia lawmakers will end the 2014 legislative session tomorrow, and tonight hope for the Autism Insurance bill hangs in the balance.
Anna Bullard of Lyons, Georgia has been fighting for the bill that was stalled in committee for years.
The Senate showed strong support passing the bill unanimously twice this year.
Known as Ava's Law it's named for Bullard's 9-year-old daughter who improved from the type of treatment the bill would cover.  Now it's down to the wire. 
Families and supporters hope their final push at the Capital, on Facebook, and phone calls to lawmakers will be a win for children who need treatment.  
Tonight Anna told me she's trying to hold it together.
"Parents don't have anything else to do except let their voices be heard to say this is so important to us.  We don't wanna move to South Carolina, we don't want to move to Texas.  We want to live in Georgia and our kids to be able to learn to talk."
Bullard tells News 3 that the number one force against the bill is House Speaker David Ralston and the Insurance Industry.
"It is discouraging when you have legislators represent work for Blue Cross Blue Shield and let the insurance companies kind of dictate lives of children.  That is very disheartening.  I just know that goods gonna win in the end.  I know that, and hopefully this will be the year."  
The Autism Insurance Bill would cap the age for coverage at six years old with a $35,000 a year cap.

 

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