ALBANY (June 17, 2013) -- Autism Speaks and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) today commended the New York Legislature for voting to eliminate a hurdle that has kept families from accessing ABA care as promised under the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law. The bill goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration.
WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2013) -- Autism Speaks expressed disappointment with a federal judge's unusual decision to partially reverse his 2012 ruling directing TRICARE, the Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare program, to cover ABA for all military families.
ST. PAUL (May 23, 2013) -- Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation today making Minnesota the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform, improving access to essential autism therapies, such as ABA, to 750,000 state residents. The signing was announced on the Governor's website.
SACRAMENTO (May 16, 2013) -- The California Senate voted 36-0 to extend the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law, which is set to expire next year, until 2019. Sponsored by Seante President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the measure, SB.126, moves next to the Assembly.
WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2013) -- In its fourth annual survey of military families, Blue Star Families found widespread dissatisfaction among special needs parents in the military with medical, educational and housing services, including access to ABA. Of the 5,125 military families who responded, 19 percent said they were receiving special needs services through the military; of those, 36 percent cited autism as their child's disability.
PORTLAND (May 10, 2013) -- A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against Providence Health Plan claiming its denial of ABA coverage for autism treatment violates federal and state mental health parity laws.
SACRAMENTO (May 10, 2013) -- Autism Speaks has joined with advocacy groups from across California to protest the cutoff of ABA services for 900,000 children who are transitioning from the Healthy Families Program to Medi-Cal.
ANNAPOLIS (April 26, 2013) -- The Maryland Autism Technical Advisory Group (TAG) today recommended new regulations for health insurance coverage for autism treatments, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). The proposal will now proceed through the regulatory process, including an opportunity for public comment.