Autism CARES Act of 2019
The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 reauthorizes and expands the provisions first introduced in the Combating Autism Act of 2006. The Autism CARES Act ensures support for research, services, prevalence tracking, and other government activities. The new legislation increases the annual budget on autism efforts to $369.7 million through 2024. New provisions expand the focus of government activities to include the entire lifespan of people on the autism spectrum and require a report on health and well-being. This legislation also reauthorizes and expands the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The current law sunsets on September 30, 2019.
|Sept. 30, 2019||Signed into Law|
|Sept. 19, 2019||Senate Floor Discussion (Passed Senate)|
|July 24, 2019||
House Floor Discussion (Passed House)
The House passed the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 1058).
|July 17, 2019||
Markup of Bills, Full Committee
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
|July 11, 2019||
Markup of Bills, Subcommittee on Health
The Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session on Thursday, July 11, 2019.
|June 25, 2019||
Hearing on "Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families"
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing entitled “Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families” on June 25, 2019 to discuss the Autism CARES Act and three other bills under reauthorization. The subcommittee heard from a panel of witnesses who testified on the importance of these bills.
|Feb. 7, 2019||
Introduced in House and Senate
The Autism CARES Act (H.R. 1058, S. 427) was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2019. The House referred H.R. 1058 to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.