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April 29, 2014

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, which reconvenes Thursday, had passed the autism bill by a two-thirds majority, the number of votes which would be sufficient to overturn the veto.

April 28, 2014

(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 the District of Columbia which have enacted reform.

April 29, 2014

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.

April 23, 2014

(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 employees. Related legislation that would establish a state licensing procedure for ABA providers, meanwhile, is headed to Gov. Martin O'Malley in May.

April 21, 2014

LINCOLN (April 21, 2014) -- Nebraska became the 36th state to enact autism insurance reform today when Gov. Dave Heineman signed legislation requiring certain insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism up to age 20. The new law, which takes effect with new health policies issued for 2015, requires up to 25 hours a week of behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis (ABA).