Skip navigation

Calls to Action


'Historic' Settlement On Autism Benefits Reached In Washington State

October 17, 2014

(October 17, 2014) -- Regence Blue Shield, the largest Washington State health insurer, has agreed to settle a pair of class action lawsuits by covering medically necessary autism treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), and establishing a $6 million fund to reimburse policyholders for out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of denied claims.

Regence is the last of Washington State's three largest insurers to settle litigation brought under state and federal Mental Health Parity law over lack of coverage for autism treatment.

Maryland 2014-15 Autism Insurance Workshops

Autism Speaks, Pathfinders for Autism and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysts are conducting a series of workshops across the state to familiarize families, individuals with autism and providers with Maryland law affecting autism insurance coverage.


October 14 (Tuesday), Smithsburg
6:00 - 8:00PM
Smithsburg Library
66 West Water Street

December 1 (Monday), Westminster
6:30 - 8:00 PM
The Arc Carroll County 
180 Kriders Church Road

Poverty For Americans With Disabilities Rises, Now Double U.S. Rate

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) -- As unemployment and poverty decline across the nation, both indicators for Americans with disabilities are now double the national average and poverty is on the rise, a Senate committee reported today. The release of the U.S. Census Bureau statistics prompted renewed calls on Congress to pass the ABLE Act to dramatically increase the private resources available for adults with disabilities to pay for their housing, medical, transportation and other needs.