Advocacy

Senate Approves Bipartisan Deal To Protect Federal Autism Funding

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2014) -- The U.S. Senate tonight approved the Autism CARES Act, which would dedicate $1.3 billion in federal funding for autism over the next five years. The bill was introduced and passed across part... More...

Mass. Lawmakers Approve Medicaid Expansion, Tax-Free Savings Plan

BOSTON (July 31, 2014) -- The Massachusetts Legislature has sent Gov. Deval Patrick an omnibus autism bill that would expand Medicaid coverage up to age 21 and create tax-free savings for people with disabilities.  ... More...

ABLE Clears First Hurdle In Congress

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2014) -- The House Ways and Means Committee today approved the ABLE Act, which would allow tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities without jeoparding their eligibility ... More...

Congress Hears Of Global Challenges, Advances In Autism

WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2014) -- A House subcommittee heard expert testimony yesterday on the global challenges and advances occurring with autism research and services, with a special focus on the needs of individuals trans... More...

ERISA Champions: Employers Who Voluntarily Cover Autism

Through its work with families, individuals with autism and advocates, Autism Speaks over the years has assembled a list of ermployers that voluntarily cover insurance benefits for autism treatments. These employers offer health plans which are co... More...

ABLE Act Wins Warm Reception At Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2014) -- The ABLE Act, which would allow tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities, was warmly received today by a U.S. Senate committee which heard testimony from supportive witnesses, i... More...

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

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. 

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Affordable Care Act

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 ... More...

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