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Mom fights for autism insurance coverage

  • Insurance coverage for autism is not available in 18 states
  • Autism affects 1 in every 88 kids
  • Cost of caring for someone with autism over their lifetime is $3.2 million

Autism is easily one of the biggest reoccurring news stories in the media today. But even with all the media coverage, over a third of the states in America still do not offer insurance coverage for autism.

One mother from Georgia is out to change that. Anna Bullard’s daughter Ava was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old. After learning they had no coverage for very expensive treatments, the Bullards went into debt in order to pay for the care their daughter needed. It worked. She is 8 years old now and doing much better than any one expected.

But their journey is far from over. With the help from Autism Speaks and some Georgia lawmakers, they are pushing “Ava’s Law” bill in hopes to change things in Georgia. There are similar laws being proposed in other states, but all of them face a touch up hill battle.

She joined Raising America to talk about her and her daughter’s journey. You can also keep up with her at

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