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The Autism Law Summit

The Autism Law Summit is a gathering of parent advocates, individuals with autism, autism service providers, lawyers, lobbyists and legislators from across the United States who are interested in the politics and policy of autism spectrum disorder... More...

Autism Speaks’ Dan Unumb Weighs in On Medicaid Change

(August 26, 2014) - Kaiser Health News (... More...

Menendez, Autism Speaks Celebrate Enactment of Autism CARES

PARAMUS, NJ (August 20, 2014) -- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the lead Senate sponsor of the Autism CARES Act, celebrated the signing of the bill into law at an event here with representatives of Autism Speaks and New Jersey&nbs... More...

Oregon To Order Sweeping ABA Coverage

SALEM, OR (August 14, 2014) -- Acting in response to a string of successful lawsuits against the insurance industry, an Oregon state agency announced today that it would prepare a directive requiring all private health insurers to... More...

Federal Judge Removes Key Roadblock To ABA Insurance Coverage

PORTLAND, OR (August 13, 2014) -- A "developmental disability exclusion" widely used by insurers to deny claims for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism has been rejected in Oregon by a federal judge a... More...

President Obama Signs Bipartisan Autism CARES Act Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC (August 8, 2014) – President Obama signed the Autism CARES Act today,... More...

Schumer Urges Congress To Move Quickly On Tax-Free Savings Plans

NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) -- Surrounded by supporters from Autism Speaks and other national disabilities organizations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today urged Congress to move quickly on the ABLE Act which would allow tax-free savi... More...

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...

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