WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) -- Testifying before a Congressional panel today, Autism Speaks' Vice President for Community Affairs Jamitha Fields, urged our nation’s leaders to do more for people affected by autism in the African American and Latino communities.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) -- The Senate's top two leaders--Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)--have signed on as cosponsors of the ABLE Act, a virtual green light for efforts in Congress to create tax-free savings accounts for Americans with disabilities.
(March 21, 2014) - Today's NYMetroParents online featured an article by Autism Speaks Director of Adult Services Leslie Long and Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel Stuart Spielman on the future of alternative housing for adults with autism. The article is excerpted below:
(March 21, 2014) -- Missouri Department of Insurance Director John M. Huff said over 3,000 individuals accessed autism-related treatment in 2013 because of the state's autism insurance reform law, a 22 percent increase over 2012.
TOPEKA (March 20, 2014) -- The Kansas House of Representatives approved a compromise autism insurance reform bill 125-0 and sent the measure to the Senate. Sponsored by Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee) below, the bill, HB.2744, was amended to increase required weekly coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) from 10 hours to 25 hours.
(March 19, 2014) -- The Maine Senate has approved a bill requiring state-regulated health plans to cover autism benefits up to age 10 and sent the bill to the House. Maine's 2010 autism insurance reform law currently caps benefits at age 5.
NEW YORK (March 14, 2014) -- The New York Times today urged Congress in an editorial to get moving on the ABLE Act, a proposal to create tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities, noting that three-quarters of the House of Representatives and two-thirds of the Senate have signed on as cosponsors.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2014) -- The Senate by unanimous consent has approved the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act providing $126 million over 10 years to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on pediatric conditions, including autism. The bill goes to President Obama for his signature.
BALTIMORE (March 10, 2014) -- A Maryland agency has directed many of the state's private health plans to start covering treatments for individuals with autism through age 18. The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) finalized regulations that will require insurers to cover at least 25 hours a week of habilitative care for children with autism aged 18 months through 5 years, and a minimum of 10 hours a week of therapy for ages 6 though 18.