Summary: To reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to autism, and for other purposes. Cosponsors
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/04/19.
- Today, I was proud to see the House pass the Autism Cares Act of 2019, a bill that will invest in autism research and help us better understand and support those on the spectrum. (Source: Rep. Craig Tweet, Twitter, 7/24/19)
STATUS: Introduced 2/07/19 by Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]. Bill passed by voice vote on 7/24/19.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
The bill, HR 1058, is supported by a widespread coalition of autism and disability advocate organizations, including Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Autism NJ. A companion bill will be introduced in the Senate by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY). (Source: Autism, Policy & Politics)
- If passed, the House bill will authorize over $1 billion in funding for programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) over five years, says an NJBiz article, reauthorizing the law through 2024. Funding for the CDC will be used for developmental disability surveillance and research. At HRSA, funding will cover education, early detection and intervention and NIH funding will cover the expansion and coordination of autism-related activities, according to an article on Insider NJ. (Source: Organization for Autism Research)