Legislature Proposes Autism Registry

Studies show Autism affects millions of families across the country.
New Mexico lawmakers are taking steps to try and determine just how widespread the disorder is.
Tuesday, a Senate committee unanimously approved legislation that would create a statewide voluntary autism registry.

Another bill in the works would mandate insurance coverage for autistic children through high school.
"We're way behind the curve and families are struggling mightily so something needs to get done no matter what is happening budget wise," said Liz Thompson, a mother of an autistic child.

Supporters feel it would save the state money in special education and corrections cost.
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