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June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2014) -- The Department of Defense has announced plans to consolidate its three different ABA programs under TRICARE with a new "Autism Care Demonstration" for all TRICARE beneficiaries with autism spectrum disorders.

June 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO (June 13, 2014) -- A $50 million appropriation sought for Medi-Cal to provide behavioral health treatment for autism failed to make the final cut in California's state budget negotiations. But the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will be directed to incorporate the treatment in Medi-Cal, which is the state's Medicaid program, and request the Legislature for an appropriation.

Beyond the Beltway

Autism Speaks Beyond the Beltway is our new program initiative to encourage citizens living in the heartland to begin to build or improve relationships with their Federal legislative officials in the United States Congress. We know how difficult it can be for our families and advocates to pack up and head to Washington, DC. But you can help right where you live!

June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2014) -- The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of 110 national disabilities organizations, has announced its support for Autism CARES, the amended version of legislation before Congress that would preserve federal funding for autism activites over the next five years. The bill has been introduced in the Senate while the House version has already cleared committee and is headed to a floor vote with 79 co-sponsors.

June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2014) -- Legislation to renew and rename the Combating Autism Act was introduced in the Senate while a House version cleared committee and was sent to the House floor. Renamed Autism CARES (the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act), the legislation is now identical in both houses of Congress and would continue federal funding for autism research and other activites at an annual $260 million level for another five years.

 

The following organizations, through a task force organized by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, are urging Congress to enact Autism CARES by September 30.

• American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

• ACCSES

• American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

June 04, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2014) -- A coalition of 36 national disabilities organizations, including Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Easter Seals, The Arc, National Down Syndrome Society, March of Dimes and the Autism Society of America, is urging Congress to pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014 (CARA) before the current law expires September 30.

May 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2014) -- A House panel today quickly approved the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA), HR.4631, adopting amendments worked out with supporters in the Senate.

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 22, 2014) -- The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a new Defense budget which includes a requirement that TRICARE dramatically improve access to applied behavior analysis (ABA) for all military children with developmental disabilities. Action moves next to the Senate.