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September 11, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (September 11, 2014) – As many as 75,000 primarily low-income California children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will become eligible for a life-altering form of treatment through Medi-Cal starting Monday when California becomes the first state to implement a federal directive to step up Medicaid coverage for children with autism.

August 14, 2014

SALEM, OR (August 14, 2014) -- Acting in response to a string of successful lawsuits against the insurance industry, an Oregon state agency announced today that it would prepare a directive requiring all private health insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism.

August 04, 2014

 

 

(August 4, 2014) - Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs Lorri Unumb was interviewed on WBTV of North Carolina about the status of the autism insurance reform bill in the state senate. The bill would make Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) available to thousands of families in the state. 

The New York Times explores “optimal outcomes” in autism – rare individuals who overcome symptoms, usually with intensive therapy
July 31, 2014

This coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at the estimated one-in-ten children with autism spectrum disorder who make such dramatic progress with therapy that they would no longer be considered autistic.

July 15, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (July 15, 2014) -- With time running short in the current legislative session, families from around North Carolina rallied at the Capitol today to demand the state Senate consider an autism insurance reform bill already passed twice by the House.

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2014) -- In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid.

July 03, 2014

Raleigh, NC (July 3, 2014) – North Carolinians overwhelmingly support insurance coverage for autism, according to a survey conducted by the conservative polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies.  Legislation requiring the coverage has twice passed the state House of Representatives, but continues to languish in the Senate.