House Subcommittee Markup Scheduled on the Combating Autism Act

On May 28, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee is scheduled to markup H.R. 4631, the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act. H.R. 4631 largely extends the research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities under the Combating Autism Act for an additional 5 years. It would, however, reform the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to promote greater coordination among federal agencies and require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the existing landscape of services (federal, state, local government, and the private and non-profit sectors), conduct a survey of stakeholders, and make recommendations to enhance coordination, efficiency, and the value of the services currently provided to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Unfortunately, this bill does not include a name change. For more information on the House markup, see the Committee website.

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