President George W. Bush signed the Combating Autism Act (CAA) into law in 2006, authorizing nearly $1 billion in expenditures to reduce autism rates through research, screening, education, early intervention, and treatment with monitoring by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
CAA was reauthorized in 2011 for an additional three years, bringing total funding to more than $1.7 billion. Marcus Autism Center relies on funding through Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) to continue developing life-changing diagnostic tools and therapies. The extension of CARA is set to expire Sept, 30, 2019.
The current reauthorization bill, known as the Autism CARES Act of 2014, passed in late 2014. We worked with the Energy and Commerce Committee to insert report language that focused on early intervention and diagnosis.