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July 15, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (July 15, 2014) -- With time running short in the current legislative session, families from around North Carolina rallied at the Capitol today to demand the state Senate consider an autism insurance reform bill already passed twice by the House.

July 15, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (July 14, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of newspaper advertisements supporting families affected by autism in their fight towards autism insurance reform in the North Carolina Legislature. The North Carolina House twice in two years has passed reform bills, but the Senate has refused to take up the issue.

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2014) -- In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid.

July 08, 2014

ROCKVILLE, MD (July 8, 2014) -- Federal officials today presented the first state-by-state autism guide on insurance and Medicaid coverage, service delivery, transition services and more. The guide represents a 2012 snapshot of autism in each state, but does not evaluate or compare the quality of services between states or identify best practices.

July 03, 2014

Raleigh, NC (July 3, 2014) – North Carolinians overwhelmingly support insurance coverage for autism, according to a survey conducted by the conservative polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies.  Legislation requiring the coverage has twice passed the state House of Representatives, but continues to languish in the Senate.

June 26, 2014

(June 26, 2014) -- A New Jersey school district that barred a student with autism from bringing his service dog to classes and after-school activities has agreed to reverse its policy under a settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). The school's ban was found to be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).