Senator Bates passed away on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at age 71. ORABA was fortunate to work closely with Senator Bates for a number of years on legislative efforts aimed at helping families affected by autism. Senator Bates worked tirelessly to bring together advocacy groups, providers, and payors, and to reach compromise among those who often had vastly different perspectives and priorities. Thanks to his leadership, Oregon became the 34th state to require health plan coverage of ABA treatment for children with autism. Oregon has lost a dedicated public servant and an amazing leader. Our thoughts are with Senator Bates’ family, he will be missed.