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March 20, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2009)  -- Autism Speaks today joined New Mexico families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the state’s legislators for passing Senate Bill 39, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies.  The bill passed the House today in a vote of 51-15, following unanimous passage in the State Senate, and now heads to Governor Bill Richardson’s desk for signature into law.

March 19, 2009

(March 19, 2009) -- A report just released by the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), an organization representing the insurance industry, indicates that the CAHI’s own actuarial  team estimates that an autism insurance reform mandate would only increase the cost of health insurance by about 1 percent.

Read the CAHI report

March 19, 2009

Juneau, AK (March 19, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for House Bill 187, also known as the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   The maximum benefit would be $36,000 per year.

March 18, 2009

Little Rock, AR (March 18, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation'’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for Senate Bill 913, also known as the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

March 18, 2009

Denver, CO (March 18, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for Senate Bill 09-244, also known as the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

March 12, 2009

 
ATLANTA, GA (March 12, 2009) -- Autism Speaks, the nation'’s largest autism advocacy organization, today joined with families in Georgia to applaud State Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams (R-19) in obtaining a commitment from the Senate to establish a committee to study Ava’'s Law, Senate Bill 161.

March 10, 2009

ATLANTA, GA (March 10, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation'’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, asked Georgia legislators to admonish the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for its vindictive anti-family public campaign and to reject its absurd claim that autism insurance reform legislation, SB161 and HB426, will cost an “estimated $3.9 trillion a year”.

March 09, 2009

Hartford, CT (March 9, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for Committee Bill 301, also known as the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

March 06, 2009

Washington, DC (March 6, 2009) -- The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) released its Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, which will advise the federal government on the requirements and opportunities for autism research.

March 04, 2009

ALBANY, NY (March 4, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for S.2366/ A.6001, also known the autism insurance reform bill.  The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals up to the age of 21.   The maximum benefit would be $36,000 per year.