State Initiatives

Nationwide, increasing numbers of private insurance companies and other employee benefit plans are covering autism therapies. Yet many insurance companies continue to refuse coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is considered the standard of care for autism treatment, on the basis that it is "experimental" or "educational." Autism Speaks is working to change state insurance laws to require private health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. In addition, we are stepping up our outreach to major employers who self-fund their health plans to voluntarily offer coverage.

Click on your state in the map below to learn more about autism insurance reform!

United States

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GREEN - States (35 + District of Columbia) with enacted autism insurance reform laws

RED - States with Autism Speaks-endorsed bills for 2014

  • Georgia (Session concluded, no action)
  • Hawaii
  • Mississippi (Session concluded; study panel created)
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota (Session ended; study panel created)
  • Tennessee (session ended, no action)

YELLOW - States pursuing autism insurance reform in 2014   

  • Ohio   

BLUE - States not currently pursuing autism insurance reform

  • Alabama
  • Idaho
  • Maryland (finalizing reform through licensing bill)  
  • North Dakota 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Washington (reform advancing through Mental Health Parity litigation)
  • Wyoming