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January 27, 2014

After two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday it has dropped its investigation into Apache ASL Trails, an award-winning residential community for the deaf. HUD had previously argued that the residential community violated civil rights law by showing a preference for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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Arizona became the 4th state to enact autism insurance reform on March 21, 2008

Affordable Care Act

The state has elected to operate its health exchange through the Arizona Exchange

 

 

April 29, 2011

NEW YORK (April 29, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined families across Arizona and around the country today in applauding Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for her courageous veto of Senate Bill 1593, misguided legislation that would have essentially reversed enacted autism insurance reform legislation and forced families to once again pay tens of thousands of dollars a year out-of-pocket for critical autism diagnoses and treatments -- even though they already have health insurance coverage.

April 18, 2011

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 18, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation'’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a major, intensive two-day TV ad campaign, running April 19-20, that will call on Governor Jan Brewer to veto a misguided bill that would essentially reverse enacted autism insurance reform legislation and force hundreds of Arizona families to once again pay tens of thousands of dollars a year out-of-pocket for critical autism diagnoses and treatments –-- even though they already have health insurance coverage.

April 15, 2011

NEW YORK (April 15, 2011) --– Autism Speaks, the nation’'s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today denounced the Arizona legislature’'s passage of a bill that would essentially repeal enacted autism insurance reform legislation and force hundreds of families to once again pay tens of thousands of dollars a year out-of-pocket for critical autism diagnoses and treatments -- even though they already have health insurance coverage.

July 01, 2009

1. What does Arizona’s autism insurance bill (“Steven’s Law”) do? 
Broadly speaking, the act requires many private insurers to begin covering the costs of diagnostic assessments for autism and services for individuals with autism who are under the age of 16. Insurance providers can limit the coverage for behavioral therapy in the following manner:

March 21, 2008

(NEW YORK, NY - March 21, 2008)  Autism Speaks today joined Arizona families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding Governor Janet Napolitano and the state's legislators for enacting House Bill 2847, which will require insurance carriers to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. In many states, insurers explicitly exclude coverage of these therapies from policies, which places a significant financial burden on families seeking to provide their children with necessary services.

January 29, 2008

(ARIZONA - January 29, 2008) On January 29, 2008, Arizona State Senator Amanda Aguirre introduced legislation that would disallow large group insurers from denying or refusing coverage to children who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The required coverage would include the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and treatment that prescribed by the insured's treating medical doctor pursuant to a treatment plan.