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Dozens of autism advocates gathered at El Sombrero on Forsyth Rd. in Macon to show their support for SB 397, also called Ava's Law.

The law would require state-regulated health plans to provide coverage for children ages 1 through 6 with autism.

That includes therapy, assessments, and other behavioral treatments that have been proven to show improvements in children with autism.

Under many health plans, those services are not covered, leaving families to pay out of pocket or not get the proper treatment.

34 states have already passed similar legislation, and Georgia is one of the remaining 16 states.

The Georgia bill is named for Ava Bullard, a 9-year-old from Lyons who used to be unable to speak or make gestures. Now, she's fully verbal and along with her mom is lobbying for the bill's passage.

The bill passed the insurance committee unanimously, and could go to the floor as a early as Tuesday.

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