Bill to provide coverage for autistic children gains approval


RALEIGH — At the close of the 2015 legislative session, Sens. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth) and Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) took the final steps to provide the legislative green light to legislation that will have life-changing results for North Carolina children suffering from autism.

The Senate approved the conference report (or compromise between the House and Senate) of Senate Bill 676, “Autism Health Insurance Coverage,” during the final flurry of bills making their way through the General Assembly before the end of session. The bill will open the way for families with autistic children to obtain effective, lasting treatment which will mitigate the effects of autism and give these kids a shot at living healthy, productive lives.

“Ever since arriving in the Senate and learning of this inequity, passing a bill to grant these children an opportunity to receive this much-needed therapy has been a top priority,” said Krawiec. “My deepest gratitude goes to my colleagues who worked hard to gain support for this bill and move it through the General Assembly. Because of your support, these kids have a fighting chance.”

The bill now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory.

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