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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.

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.

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.

July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 11, 2013) -- In a strongly worded letter to the Department of Defense, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) demanded to know the reasoning behind new policy changes that severely restrict access to applied behavior analysis (ABA) for the nation's 23,000 military kids with autism.  

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.

July 10, 2013

SEATTLE (July 9, 2013) -- Washington State employees whose insurance claims for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for their children with autism were wrongfully denied may soon be eligible for $3.5 million in reimbursement.

In a class action suit brought on behalf of all Washington state workers, the plaintiffs and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) have announced they have agreed to a preliminary settlement creating a special fund to reimburse families for their out-of-pocket ABA expenses.

July 08, 2013

LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2013) -- The Los Angeles Times reported on the transition of 900,000 California children from the Healthy Families program into Medi-Cal which has led to a cutoff of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, despite assurances from state officials there was to be no loss in services.

July 01, 2013

COLUMBUS (July 1, 2013) -- Gov. John Kasich has signed the state budget bill, which includes an amendment establishing a state certification process for providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA). With this resolved, ABA will be reimbursable when the state's new autism insurance coverage takes effect in 2014.

June 28, 2013

RALEIGH (June 28, 2013) -- WRAL-TV reported on the fight for HB.498 which has been voted out of the House of Representatives and supported by Governor McCrory, but can't get a hearing in the Senate. See the video below and read the online story here