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April 06, 2012

NUTLEY (April 6, 2012) -- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said the recent autism prevalence study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was an "eyeopener," noting that the numbers for New Jersey were even higher at 1 in 49 and 1 in 29 boys. Autism Speaks Executive Vice President for Programs and Services Peter Bell called for a  national plan to address autism and urged Menendez to rally Congress against any cuts to federal funding.

June 24, 2012

TRENTON (June 24, 2012) -- "When the state Supreme Court five years ago ordered New Jersey and its insurer to pay for intensive therapy for a 5-year-old boy with autism, other families thought their days of piling up debt to get their kids treatment were over." Read more here.

Sponsored by Representative Suzanne Butcher
July 23, 2010
  • Amends current mental health parity law to require health insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • In order to receive coverage, treatment must be prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary

    Covered treatments include:

Informational hearing first step on road to insurance reform
November 30, 2011

LINCOLN (Nov. 30, 2011) -- The Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee conducted a hearing to learn how the lack of insurance coverage for autism treatments has affected Nebraska families.

February 09, 2012

LINCOLN  (Feb. 9, 2012) -- Unicameral Update, the Nebraska Legislature news service, reported on the Feb. 7 Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee hearing on LB.1129.

"Health insurance policies issued in Nebraska would be required to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in individuals up to 21 years of age under a bill heard Feb. 7 by the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee." Read more here.

May 05, 2009

1. What does the Montana law (Senate Bill 234) do?

Broadly speaking, the requires many private insurers to begin covering the costs of diagnostic assessments for autism and of treatments for individuals with autism
1. $50,000 per year for a child 8 years or younger
2. $20,000 per year for a child 9 years through 18

The specific terms and provisions of this law are described in more detail in this FAQ document.

October 22, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 22, 2011) -- Autism Speaks presented an award to the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration for its successful implementation of the state's autism insurance reform law. The award was presented by Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state relations, during the 6th Annual Autism Law Summit held here. Read more...

In 2012 State-of-the-State Address, Governor says insurance reform was not enough
January 17, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY (January 17, 2012) -- Gov. Jay Nixon, in his 2012 State-of-the-State Address, called on the Missouri Legislature to take the next step in improving access to care for children with autism by working to increase the number of licensed care providers.

Nixon noted how Missouri in 2010 passed landmark autism insurance reform legislation to ensure that children with autism get the therapy they need.