Autism Bills in Congress Need Support

June 1, 2011
Santa Monica Dispatch

AB 171, the State Assembly’s autism insurance reform bill, has been officially shelved until next year, but the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (CARA) was introduced last Thursday in both the Senate and the House.

Senators Robert Menendez (NJ) and Mike Enzi (WY) introduced S. 1094 and Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ) and Mike Doyle (PA) introduced H.R. 2005. They will reauthorize the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006. Key components in the original landmark legislation will expire on September 30, threatening further federal support for critical research, services and treatment for autism spectrum disorders unless this vital legislation is enacted.

Our Senators and Congress members have not signed on to co-sponsor this important legislation. Autism Speaks/Autism Votes urges voters to call Senators Dianne Feinstein (Phone:(202) 224-3841) and Barbara Boxer (Phone: (202) 224-3553), and our Congressman Henry Waxman (Phone: (202) 225-3976) and ask
them to co-sponsor the reauthorization.

It is vital that critical autism research continue. Today, 1 in 114 children is diagnosed with autism.

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