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Capitol Health Call
September 10, 2014

Autism, Trauma Care Bills Passed

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JAMA. 2014;312(10):991. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12270

Both the House and Senate have passed the bipartisan Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (Autism CARES) Act and the Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014, making them the 15th and 16th bills from the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to become law this Congress.

The Autism CARES Act, which reauthorizes and improves on the programs in the Combating Autism Act, establishes the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative, which elevates an existing official at the Department of Health and Human Services to be the key point person coordinating autism efforts, and calls for a new report focusing on the needs and challenges of young adults and youths with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities (

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