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Local group continues effort to get children with autism insured

Central Georgia Autism Foundation preps for more events to raise awareness.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Board members of the Central Georgia Autism Foundation plan to continue spreading a message that reaches hundreds of Middle Georgians.

The group wants insurance coverage for children with autism, and they say after an unsuccessful trip to the state to pass Ava’s Law, they won’t stop until their voices are heard and the law passes.

Board member Julie Evans says even though she’s not a mother, she’s worked with families who hope Ava’s Law passes soon, because families can’t wait for their insurance providers to cover costly therapy session.

"I can tell you the parents struggle. There are parents who are embarrassed to leave their home, because people don't understand," says Evans.

She adds she’s not sure why legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives won’t vote on the bill, after it passed unanimously in the state Senate.  

Her fellow board member, Alyson Cozart doesn't have children with autism, but wants to see provision made for Georgia families who need the coverage, and for the community to jump on board with Ava’s Law.

"Those cost won't go away, but if at least if we can get insurance coverage passed it will help,” says Cozart.

And that’s what Evans says Ava’s Law is all about.

Both Evans and Cozart, along with other board members are preparing for another rally this fall.

The organization will host the Central Georgia Autism Conference this year on Thursday, October 14.

To learn more about the mission and upcoming events, you can log onto www.centralgaautism.org.
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