Autism Speaks Hails Gov. Jerry Brown for Signing SB.946, Making California the 28th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform

NEW YORK (October 9, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today hailed Gov. Jerry Brown for making California the 28th state to enact autism insurance reform by signing SB.946, which will require coverage of proven behavioral treatment therapies starting in July 2012.

“Courage and common sense have prevailed as Governor Brown has chosen to side with California families and taxpayers, rather than the health insurance lobby,” said Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright. “Autism Speaks singles out Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg whose unwavering leadership and commitment led to this success.”

The signing of SB.946 was announced during a Walk Now for Autism Speaks rally in Sacramento (right), attended by 8,000 advocates who marched past the Statehouse.