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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 authorized federal spending 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 to Congress on health and well-being. This legislation also reauthorizes and expands the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), including requirements for additional community stakeholders to serve on the committee.

Topic Topic Description
Sept. 30, 2019 Signed into Law
Sept. 19, 2019 Senate Floor Discussion (Passed Senate)
July 24, 2019 House Floor Discussion (Passed House)
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.

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