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 on September 30, 2014.
The current reauthorization bill, known as the Autism CARES Act of 2014, is moving through Congress. Children’s is working with both sides of Congress to advocate for this important measure that will allow for continued funding for autism research and services.