House and Senate Pass Autism Assistance Bill

July 31, 2014

Boston – On Wednesday, the House and Senate joined in voting for legislation that works to assist individuals with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. This compromised legislation builds off recommendations of the Governor’s Special Commission Relative to Autism, which Senator Ross was appointed to in 2010.

The goal of the commission was to investigate current support and services, pinpoint gaps and identify areas in need of reform that would improve the quality of life for those on the autistic spectrum.

“We have come a long way since the special commission on autism was established, and this legislation is a major step towards increasing autism awareness in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Ross. “The work of the commission will provide the resources those living with autism and other developmental disabilities need to lessen financial burdens and live healthy, rewarding lives.”

The legislation would offer medically necessary treatments for individuals who access healthcare through MassHealth, including services for applied behavior analysis. Additionally, the updated bill would create an able savings account, to allow children with autism to ease into adulthood and live more independently as they age.

The final bill will now be sent to Governor Patrick for approval.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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