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Local moms continue to battle for their kids healthcare

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The battle for mandatory health insurance coverage for kids with autism is at center stage in the Georgia Legislature.

Leading the charge is a group of mothers from Columbus. News 3 spoke to those mothers Monday, after their trip to Atlanta, about their efforts to get "Ava's Law" passed.

If Ava's Law, or Senate Bill 191 is passed, it will make Georgia the 33rd state that requires insurance companies to cover a child's autism therapy. Currently many local families are forced to pay out of pocket.

"We pay out of pocket for ABA therapy and he goes for 4 hours a week which is one tenth of what he should be going to for maximum benefit," said local mom, Aimee Connors.

Connor' son is 3-year-old Owen. She said if passed, Senate Bill 191 would open up tons of opportunities for her son.

"We would be able to maximize the therapy for Owen, we wouldn't just keep going four hours a week we would increase to as much as we possibly could, as much as we could continue to afford," added Connors.

Connors traveled to Atlanta with fellow mom, Sarah McCall.

Like Connors, McCall pays out of pocket for her daughter Ashlyn's autism therapy. She said attending the hearing reminded her she is not alone in her battle.

"I think it's important to show that yes I am a mom and that comes first, but second, I am an advocate for my daughter's health, and for her care," said McCall.

Columbus native and mom of 2, Kimberly Kapacziewski also made the trip to the state capitol.

Kapacziewski's two and a half year old son Cody was diagnosed with autism about a year ago.

"To not have to pay would be life changing for many children in this state; and with one in 88 children having autism it just really could change the way that our future is," said Kapacziewski.

While the mom's said Monday went well, they do know the bill, and it's advocates are in for a tough road ahead.

The House has sent their version of Ava's Law to a study; without setting a day to vote.

The Senate took similar action Monday, assigning the bill to a committee who will study it for 6 months.

Each local mom said they will continue to push for the bill's passage until it becomes law.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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