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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.

Autism Speaks is supporting the ABLE Act which would allow the creation of tax-free 529 accounts for individuals with disabilities, including autism, to save for their future needs without losing access to other resources. 

Learn more here.

The implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (or, "Obamacare") is impacting all health insurance plans, and most directly individual and small group health plans. Autism Speaks has produced autism-specific resources to help families better understand the law.

Learn more here.

Autism Speaks is supporting action by Congress to strengthen and expand autism coverage under the military's TRICARE insurance program. Learn more about this issue and other initiatives affecting military families raising children with autism.

Learn more here.

In order to determine the fiscal impact of autism insurance reform, Autism Speaks has collected claims data from states where such laws apply to members of the state employee health plan and have been in effect for at least one year. Learn more here.

Our model bill reflects language that has been vetted throughout this process and we have refined the model legislation accordingly. Learn more here.