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June 18, 2013
SACRAMENTO (June 18 , 2013) -- The California Legislature and Governor Brown were unable to reach a funding agreement to continue autism therapies for 900,000 children who transitioned out of the Healthy Families Program earlier this year into Medi-Cal. Autism Speaks will work until every person with autism has appropriate access to necessary medical therapies, regardless of how they access that care.
June 17, 2013

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. 

May 16, 2013

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.

May 16, 2013

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.

May 10, 2013

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.

April 26, 2013

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.