Friday, December 12, 2008

Freed of Handcuffs, Governor Blago Signs Autism Bill

It's a good -- and weird -- day for autism advocates. After being arrested Tuesday on federal corruption charges and released on bond by a Chicago judge (see my previous post), Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a law expanding insurance coverage for children with autism. Here's the text of the new law.

President-elect Obama, Illinois' lieutenant governor, and others are calling for Gov. Blagojevich to resign -- and he should as soon as possible -- but we can at least celebrate the fact that one of his last actions will allow 4,500 families to get coverage of up to $36,000 per year for autism diagnosis and treatment.
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