Advocacy

'The ACA's 50-State "Essential Health Benefits" Tangle:' LDI Health Economist

PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2012) -- Janet Weiner, MPH, associate director for health policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, assesses how the states are implementing the Affordable C... More...

Autism Speaks Response to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable

NEW YORK (June 28, 2012) -- Autism Speaks issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding ... More...

Gov. Jindal Signs Bill Expanding Louisiana Benefits

BATON ROUGE (JUNE 28, 2012) -- Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation today expanding Louisiana's 2008 autism insurance reform law by raising the age cap to 21 and eliminating the $144,000 cap on lifetime benefits.... More...

Gov. Chafee Signs Bills Strengthening 2011 R.I. Reform Law

PROVIDENCE (June 28, 2012) -- Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed a pair of bills enabling Rhode Island families to access insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as intended under the autism insurance reform bill he signed ... More...

Alaska Lawmakers, Advocates Celebrate Enactment of Autism Insurance Reform

ANCHORAGE (June 27, 2012)-- Advocates, families and lawmakers celebrated Alaska becoming the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform at an event here today. Senate Bill 74 prevents insurance companies from denying medically ne... More...

Make it 31, Alaska Insurance Bill to Become Law

NEW YORK -- Alaska will become the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform on June 27 when SB. 74, sponsored by Senator Johnny Ellis and approved by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority from both houses of the... More...

Board of Medicine Issues Emergency BCBA Regulations

RICHMOND (June 25, 2012) -- The Virginia Board of Medicine voted last week on emergency regulations related to the state licensure of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analy... More...

SB.22 Heads to Gov. Markell Following Unanimous House Approval

DOVER (June 25, 2012) -- The Delaware House of Representatives approved the autism insurance reform bill, SB.22, by unanimous vote. The measure, which would require health plans to cover autism therapies, such as Applied Behavior ... More...

Autism Speaks Hails Gov. Cuomo, N.Y. Legislature for Reaching Agreement on Landmark Autism Insurance Reform Bill

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 23, 2011) – Autism Speaks applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature for reaching final agreement on a bill that will require insurance companies to provide coverage of critical autism thera... More...

Senate Armed Services Grills DoD on TRICARE Autism Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) -- A Senate Armed Services subcommittee sharply questioned representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) today on why they offer limited autism insurance benefits to military families, particularly in light of... More...

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