Signed into law by President Obama on September 30, 2011, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act secured the federal response to the public health emergency posed by autism spectrum disorders through September 2014. Sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) in the House of Representatives, and Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the Senate, the law authorizes $693 million in federal resources for continued autism research, treatment and services.
The implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (or, "Obamacare") is impacting all health insurance plans, and most directly individual and small group health plans. Autism Speaks has produced autism-specific resources to help families better understand the law.
Autism Speaks is supporting the ABLE Act which would allow the creation of tax-free 529 accounts for individuals with disabilities, including autism, to save for their future needs without losing access to other resources.
Autism Speaks is supporting action by Congress to strengthen and expand autism coverage under the military's TRICARE insurance program. Learn more about this issue and other initiatives affecting military families raising children with autism.