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District of Columbia Signs On to Autism Insurance Reform

July 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2013) -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed an insurance reform bill requiring coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism through small group and individual policies starting next year. The District joins 33 states that have enacted autism insurance reform with a 34th state, Oregon, expected to follow shortly.

Utah ABA Pilot Program Draws Mixed Reviews

July 22, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2013) -- In a series of interviews with Utah parents, The Salt Lake Tribune has found mixed reviews for the state's autism treatment pilot program. The Legislature created the Medicaid program to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for up to 300 children with autism chosen through a lottery, rather than enact legislation requiring state-regulated health insurers to cover the therapy.

TRICARE Retreats On Planned ABA Cuts for Military Kids

July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2013) -- The Department of Defense announced today its new restrictions on applied behavior analysis (ABA) for the nation's 23,000 military kids with autism will not be applied to active duty members covered under the ECHO program or TRICARE Basic. The changes will apply only to a pilot program for the families of non-active and retired personnel.

Warner Joins Chorus of Protest Over ABA Cuts for Military Kids

July 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2013) -- U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia has added his voice to the protest over changes proposed by TRICARE to its coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for military kids, issuing a letter to the military's health insurer to explain changes scheduled to take effect July 25. Military families in Virginia Beach, meanwhile, are planning a rally against the changes this Sunday.

Outcry Grows Over Looming ABA Cuts for Military Kids

July 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 16, 2013)  --  Military families from around the nation are raising their voices over policy changes proposed by TRICARE, the military health insurance plan, that would restrict their access to applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for their children with autism. The changes, which would take effect July 25, have already drawn a protest from U.S.

GM, Chrysler Start Offering ABA Benefits

July 11, 2013

DETROIT (July 11, 2013) -- GM and Chrysler have begun to voluntarily offer expanded health insurance benefits for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), to their employees and efforts are underway to convince Ford to also improve its coverage. GM offers the benefits nationally; Chrysler has begun by offering benefits to its Michigan-based workforce.