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September 30, 2008

(Richmond, VA- – September 30, 2008)
Yesterday, Autism Speaks joined with parents in Richmond, Virginia for a hearing before the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits on the autism insurance reform bill. Members of the autism community from all corners of the Commonwealth filled the hearing room wearing red shirts to show their solidarity in support for this bill.

September 27, 2008

Although existing law (AB 88) provided for mental health parity, in practice, health care service providers and insurers often denied coverage for autism and did not provide access to professionals with adequate training and expertise.

September 25, 2008

Washington, D.C)  (September 25, 2008)  The Fiscal Year 2009 Defense Appropriations bill was passed by the full House by a vote of 370-58 and ncludes $8 million for the Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Program (DoDARP).   In last year’s FY 2008 Defense Appropriations bill, Congress included $6.4 million for this program to further the field of autism research and help improve treatments and interventions for children with autism. 

September 20, 2008

(Washington, DC - September 30, 2008) Today, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2638, an omnibus measure that in included the final Fiscal 2009 Defense, Homeland Security, Military Construction/Veterans Administration Appropriations bills as well as a stop-gap Continuing Resolution for the remainder of the appropriations bills.

August 28, 2008

Denver, CO (August 28, 2008) Autism was part of the Democratic National Convention this week.  Both Senator Hillary and Former President Bill Clinton highlighted autism in their speeches.

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August 15, 2008

(Tallahassee, FL) August 15, 2008 --  Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced the appointment of Elizabeth Emken, Autism Speaks Vice President of Government Relations, to the Developmental Disabilities Compact Workgroup.  This workgroup was established by Senate Bill 2654, signed into law in May. 

July 16, 2008

BATON ROUGE, LA (July 16, 2008) -- Autism Speaks today commended Governor Bobby Jindal for signing into law HB 958, which makes Louisiana one of eight states, to date, that have ended insurance discrimination against children with autism. The law requires insurers to cover up to $36,000 a year for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other necessary treatments until age 17. Governor Jindal formally signed the bill at a ceremony at the Greater Baton Rouge Families Helping Families office. An employee, Toni Peters, was instrumental in br

July 09, 2008

NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2008) -- Autism Speaks today commended Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for signing into law the most comprehensive autism insurance bill in the nation. The new law provides $36,000 a year for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other necessary treatments, and goes beyond many state insurance reform measures by mandating coverage up to age 21 with no lifetime cap.