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ATLANTA -- Autism health care coverage was one of the most hotly debated topics during Georgia's General Assembly last session.

Monday, people in Cumming started making another push, months before the new session begins.

More than 8,000 of you signed 11Alive's petition to encourage lawmakers to vote on the bill last year.

Ava's Law would have required insurance companies to cover the cost of autism treatment. It was named for Anna Bullard's 9-year-old daughter, who benefited tremendously from the type of treatment the bill would cover.

However, lawmakers failed twice to pass the bill, and the House left left year without even voting on it. One reason it failed was because small business owners weren't behind it.

Now supporters are targeting their awareness efforts on those business owners. It starts Monday with a 5k/10k and fun run in Cumming.

Community members are also going to business owners with a petition, and have meetings planned with the Lt. Governor and State Senators.

PAST COVERAGE: Push for Autism Bill through the General Assembly

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