Andrew J. Yawn reports at The Montgomery Advertiser:
Gov. Kay Ivey signed the autism insurance bill into law Friday at the Capitol, and afterward she was embraced by a few of the thousands of children the law will support.
Despite a late session effort to stymie the autism bill, it unanimously pushed through the House about 2 a.m. Thursday. Some concessions were made including an age cap and an exemption for business employing 50 people or fewer, but the law will make access to care easier for children on the spectrum whose applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy will be covered by health insurance until the age of 18.
"The bill is real important," Ivey said. "This bill is about the quality of life of wonderful children, and I'm proud to sign this bill."
State Finance Director Clinton Carter's daughter Libby, 5, was one of the children on the spectrum to embrace Ivey after the signing.