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July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2012) -- A federal judge in Washington has handed military families a major victory in their pursuit of insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for their dependents by ruling in a class action lawsuit that the Department of Defense's (DoD)  policy of limiting benefits to active duty members was "arbitrary and capricious."

July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2012) -- Autism Speaks Executive Vice President of Programs and Services Peter Bell has been re-appointed as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which advises the President and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities and their quality of life. Bell was first appointed to the Committee earlier this year.

July 16, 2012

SEATTLE -- The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has settled with a group of state employees who sued for coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to treat autism under the state'’s Uniform Medical Plan.

June 30, 2012

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 Care Act and incorporating autism coverage as part of the required essential health benefits package. Read more here.