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January 15, 2014

REDMOND, WA (January 16, 2014) -- Since its founding in 1975, Microsoft has been associated with dramatic innovations in computer software and devices that have fundamentally reshaped how the world works, plays and communicates. Less well known has been the company's innovative response to autism.

  • Military Health Care Programs (e.g., TRICARE) are provided to military personnel, retirees and their dependents and are administered by the Department of Defense.
  • A Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plan is one that is offered to civilian federal employees and is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
  • A State Employee Health Benefit Plan is one that is offered to state employees and is administered by a state agency.
November 08, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (November 8, 2013) -- More insurance carriers participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) will provide autism benefits in 2014, including the first carrier serving most of northern Virginia. However, many gaps in coverage remain in the FEHB program which is the nation's largest employer-sponsored health benefits program, covering 8.2 million federal employees, retirees and dependents.

November 11, 2013

NEW YORK (November 11, 2013) -- In response to widespread confusion over autism and insurance coverage, Autism Speaks is introducing a new interactive web tool to help families determine whether they should be entitled to coverage through their specific health plan.

August 28, 2012

SEATTLE (August 27, 2012) -- The Seattle Times in an editorial 'Lawsuit victory for treatment of autism' praised a series of recent court settlements in class action lawsuits brought against Washington health insurers that make behavioral health treatments more accessible for autism.

June 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2012) -- Janet Weiner, MPH, associate director for health policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, assesses how the states are implementing the Affordable Care Act and incorporating autism coverage as part of the required essential health benefits package. Read more here.
 

June 27, 2012

ANCHORAGE (June 27, 2012)-- Advocates, families and lawmakers celebrated Alaska becoming the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform at an event here today. Senate Bill 74 prevents insurance companies from denying medically necessary speech and language therapies, occupational and physical therapies and behavioral interventions for Alaskans with autism up to the age of 21.