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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...

'Alaska lawmakers should be applauded for autism health insurance reform' Alaska Dispatch

ANCHORAGE (June 18, 2012) -- The online Alaska Dispatch published a commentary from Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs, regarding the enactment of the Alaska autism insurance refo... More...

Compromise New York Bill Gains Autism Speaks' Support

NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced its support for the compromise worked out between New York Governo... More...

'Lawmakers seek to expand Tricare autism therapy benefit:' Marine Corps Times

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2012)  -- Patricia Kime of MilitaryTimes.com reports on the House vote approving Rep. John Larson's amendment to upgrade TRICARE insurance benefits for autism t... More...

SB.22 Released from Committee, Heads to House Floor for Final Vote

DOVER (June 13, 2012) -- The House Economic Development, Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee released SB.22, the autism insurance reform bill, for a final floor vote in the House.  The bill would require health plans to... More...

Federal Judge Issues Key Ruling on Mental Health Parity

NEW YORK, NY (June 12, 2012) – – Autism Speaks hailed a federal court ruling that a Washington health plan’s refusal to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech, occupational, physical and other neurodevelopmental therapie... More...

Rep. McMorris-Rogers Talks Up ABLE With CNN

WASHINGTON, DC -- CNN aired a feature on Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R-WA), an original co-sponsor of ABLE, and the mother of a son, Cole, with Down syndrome.

Discussing her support for ABLE, McMorris-Rogers said, "We have hopes and dr... More...

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