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Effingham Navigators Team heads to Atlanta to support Ava's Law

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It could help 30,000 Georgia children. Maybe yours.

Now, Ava's Law is getting another look in the state capitol.

A group of autism advocates from Effingham County were in Atlanta meeting with legislators Tuesday. The Effingham Navigator Team was just six of thousands who signed a petition to push for Ava's Law, which would require insurance companies to cover the costs of autism treatments.

This has been an ongoing battle, named after a 9-year-old girl named Ava Bullard who benefited from treatments this type of bill would cover.

WTOC met Pauline Shaw, whose child has autism, and Shaw Wilkerson, who has autism. The navigators left for Atlanta Tuesday and met with lawmakers as well as Ava's mom.

They say the fight is about quality of life and allowing children a chance to be productive later in life and have the same opportunities as the rest of us.

"When these children with autism get older and their caregivers are gone, then it will be up to the tax payers to take care of them," said Shaw. "We have to try and give them the chance to reach their fullest potential so they can become employable taxpaying citizens for the state of Georgia."

The lawmakers supporting the bill say it will not drive up insurance costs and believe,  even though it failed last year, it has the support it needs to pass this year.

The Navigators Team is urging everyone to email their representatives and ask them to support Ava's Law.

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