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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.

June 11, 2008

(Baton Rouge, LA - June 11, 2008) In a key victory for children with autism, on June 11, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed a measure that would require insurance companies to cover evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. House Bill 958, the autism insurance reform bill, would cover Applied Behavior Analysis and other treatment costs of up to $36,000 per year with a lifetime cap of $144,000 for children under 17 with autism. The bill now goes to Governor Bobby Jindal for his signature. 

June 06, 2008

Trenton, NJ (June 6, 2008) -- New Jersey has become the latest state to address autism insurance reform legislation in its statehouse.  Assembly bill 2238 and Senate Bill 1651 will include coverage for therapies such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and evidence-based behavioral interventions, including applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based, medically necessary treatments.

June 05, 2008

(Baton Rouge, LA - June 5, 2008)  House Bill 958, the autism insurance reform bill has passed unanimously in both the Louisiana Senate Insurance Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee.  The Appropriations Committee held their hearing just this afternoon.  The bill will now go to the Senate floor for approval. 

May 29, 2008

Springfield, IL (May 29, 2008) --  Congratulations Illinois!! With the help of so many in the Illinois Autism community, Senate Bill 1900 passed the IL House today with a vote of 113 - 0! 
For procedural reasons, the bill will need to go back to the Senate for approval before making its way to the Governor's desk for his signature.  Stay tuned to Autism Votes for updates on when SB 1900 will hit the Governor's desk. 

May 29, 2008


(Baton Rouge, LA - May 29, 2008)  In a final push for passage yesterday, the Louisiana autism community, decked in red shirts and carrying signs and pictures, packed the capitol to watch as the Louisiana House passed House Bill 958, the autism insurance reform bill.  The bill passed without opposition, receiving 99 yeas and 83 coauthors.
The bill will now move to Senate Committee. 

May 02, 2008

1. What does the Florida Autism Legislation (Senate Bill Number 2654) do?
There are three major components of the Florida Autism Legislation, each with an important function:

(1) Medicaid Waiver: Authorizes the Agency for Health Care Administration to seek federal approval for Medicaid coverage of applied behavior analysis and other therapies for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.