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August 05, 2014

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 savings accounts for Americans with disabilities.

August 04, 2014

 

 

(August 4, 2014) - Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs Lorri Unumb was interviewed on WBTV of North Carolina about the status of the autism insurance reform bill in the state senate. The bill would make Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) available to thousands of families in the state. 

July 31, 2014

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 party lines, and now goes to President Obama for his signature.

July 31, 2014

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.  Massachusetts would expand benefits under its 2010 autism insurance reform law to the state's Medicaid program, under a bill before the Legislature.

July 31, 2014

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 jeopardizing their eligibility for Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

July 24, 2014

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 transitioning into adulthood. Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks' associate director of public health research, briefed the members on the Global Autism Public Health Initiative launched by Autism Speaks in 2008.

Through its work with families, individuals with autism and advocates, Autism Speaks over the years has assembled a list of employers that voluntarily cover insurance benefits for autism treatments. These employers offer health plans which are covered under federal ERISA law and therefore are exempt from state autism insurance laws enacted in over 35 states.

Note: This list contains the best information we have available. If you do not see your employer listed, please contact us so we can add their information!

July 23, 2014

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, including Bob D'Amelio, a North Carolina advocate who spoke on behalf of Autism Speaks.