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#37: Maryland Finalizes Autism Insurance Reform

ANNAPOLIS (May 5, 2014) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley today signed a professional licensing bill for behavior analysts, the final step in Maryland's multi-year effort to require insurance coverage of medically necessary aut... More...

Maine Lawmakers Say 'Yes' To Kids With Autism

AUGUSTA (May 1, 2014) -- The Maine Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that will expand benefits under the state's 2010 autism insurance law from age 5 through age 10. The new law... More...

Oregon Sued Over Denying Autism Benefits to State Employees

Portland (April 30, 2014) -- The state of Oregon has been sued over its blanket exclusion of insurance b... More...

Maine Governor Says 'No' To Kids With Autism

AUGUSTA (April 29, 2014) -- Maine Governor Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would raise the age cap on the state's 2010 autism insurance law from 5 to 10, saying it would raise insurance premiums and taxes. The Legislature, ... More...

Congress Examines Police Response To People With Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC (April 29, 2014) -- A Senate Judiciary Committee panel took testimony today from experts in law enforcement and the disabilities community, including Autism Speaks, on the police response to emergencies involving pe... More...

USVI Legislature Approves Autism Insurance Reform

(April 28, 2014) -- The U.S. Virgin Islands Senate has unanimously approved an autism insurance reform bill and sent the measure to Governor John P. deJongh for his signature. If enacted, the US Territory would join 36 states and ... More...

White House Tour Culminates Autism Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, DC (April 29, 2014) -- Friends, families and supporters of Autism Speaks toured the White House Friday at the invitation of the Obama administration to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

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Licensing Struck Down As Basis For ABA Denials in California

(April 25, 2014) -- Demanding that providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) hold a state license cannot be used to deny insurance coverage of medically necessary treatment for autism, a California appe... More...

Maryland To Require Autism Insurance Coverage

(April 23, 2014) -- The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) has finalized new regulations that will require coverage of autism benefits, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), for many private plans as well as state employ... More...

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