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The Affordable Care Act and Autism

The Affordable Care Act – also known as health reform or “Obamacare” – was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The health reform law has affected millions of Americans, including the autism community, and introduced new provisions that affected the availability, adequacy, and affordability of health care.

Health reform includes many changes that affect you differently depending on where you live and what type of coverage you have. To help you better understand your options, Autism Speaks has developed some resources that we hope are helpful as you learn about the law and consider your options. These resources include key components of the Affordable Care Act, provisions that impact the autism community, and a series of fact sheets that provide more detailed information on specific health reform topics.

For coverage that begins in 2015, you can enroll in a new plan from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Autism Speaks is proud of its commitment to securing meaningful health insurance coverage for all families affected by autism. The Affordable Care Act presents new opportunities and challenges to that commitment. We will continue to closely monitor its implementation and work with state and federal policymakers to strengthen the law in ways that improve access to care for the autism community.

HEALTH REFORM RESOURCES

The following resources were prepared with the autism community in mind, and we hope you will find them helpful. If you would like to receive additional information, please sign up for email updates here.

THE ACA IN YOUR STATE

To help better understand how the Affordable Care Act works, Autism Speaks has created a state-by-state breakdown on how your state chose to implement the health care law. 
 

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: THE BASICS

The Affordable Care Act brought significant changes to public and private health insurance. In this resource, we highlight the key changes under health reform. These changes include new insurance reforms, Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, and a penalty for being uninsured. More…

 

THE ACA AND THE AUTISM COMMUNITY

The Affordable Care Act ushered in significant changes for millions of Americans, including individuals with autism and their families and caretakers. Why does health reform matter for the autism community? Because those with autism spectrum disorder face more serious coverage and benefit gaps than others. More…

THE ACA: FACT SHEETS

Health insurance is complicated, and Autism Speaks wants to help you make sense of new changes under health reform. We have developed a series of fact sheets that provide factual information about some of the law’s most significant reforms and how they might affect you. More…
 

THE ACA: HELPFUL RESOURCES

Want to access the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state? Or watch a quick video about how health reform works? Or learn what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say about the Affordable Care Act? Autism Speaks highlights some valuable resources on health reform. More…