Autism Bill May Fall Short in Legislature

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The fate of a bill mandating that insurers cover a particular kind of autism therapy is up in the air with just days left in this year’s Alabama legislative session. Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy is expensive, but parents of kids with autism say it’s life-changing. The Business Council of Alabama and Blue Cross Blue Shield oppose the bill over cost concerns. It’s become a highly-charged legislative battle between families and powerful interests in the statehouse. We talk about it with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

John Archibald

Alabama is full of big news stories. From the removal of the Confederate battle flag, to gay marriage, to Birmingham's increase in the minimum wage. It's a lot for journalists to keep up with and a lot of great materials for columnists like and The Birmingham News' John Archibald. He discusses the city, county and state politics in forums large and small.

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