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UTC To Voluntarily Offer Autism Insurance Benefits

September 16, 2013

HARTFORD, CT (September 16, 2013) -- United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has alerted its employees that it will voluntarily start offering autism insurance benefits, including coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA), starting in 2014.

Listed in Fortune's Top 50 U.S. corporations, UTC self-insures its employee health benefit plan and therefore is covered under federal ERISA law, which does not require coverage of autism-related benefits, such as ABA and speech, occupational and physical therapy. However, UTC has decided to voluntarily start offering the benefits to its employees.

UTC joins other major ERISA employers, such as IBM, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Abbott Labs, Michelin, Princeton University and others in voluntarily offering autism benefits. GM and Chrysler earlier this summer announced it would extend the coverage.

UTC includes Otis elevators, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, aerospace systems, and climate, control and security operations.