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Feds Grilled On Autism Research Spending, Priorities

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2014) -- A House committee closely questioned federal officials today about the prioritization of genetic over environmental research on autism, as well as the controls in place to assure research dollars are spent most effectively. Members from both parties of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, however, made clear they were not interested in cutting federal funding for autism research.

Premera, LifeWise Agree To Cover Autism Treatment In Washington

May 19, 2014

(May 19, 2014) -- Premera Blue Cross and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington have agreed to settle three class action lawsuits by covering applied behavior analysis (ABA) as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy for autism. The proposed settlements are the latest victories for a Seattle law firm that has used the state's Mental Health Parity Act in a series of legal actions brought against insurers in Washington and Oregon.

ABA For Military Kids Bill Introduced In Congress

May 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2014) -- Bipartisan legislation that would require TRICARE to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for all military children with developmental disabilities, including autism, at medically prescribed levels was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sponsored by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), the Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act of 2014 marks the latest effort in Congress to improve and standardize medical coverage of ABA therapy under TRICARE, the military health system.

Congress Gets New Bill Ramping Up Federal Response To Autism

May 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 12, 2014) -- A proposed five-year extension of the Combating Autism Act has been introduced in Congress, calling for $260 million annually in new federal funding, a revamped Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IACC), and an initiative to address the growing needs of adults with autism. The law will sunset September 30 unless extended by Congress and President Obama.