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autism insurance reform

April 21, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (April 21, 2009)  -- Autism Speaks today joined Nevada families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the members of the State Assembly for passing Assembly Bill 162, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill passed the Nevada Assembly today in a vote of 39-2 and now heads to the State Senate Commerce & Labor Committee for further action.

April 20, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (April 20, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation'’s largest autism advocacy organization, today asked Kansas legislators to admonish Coventry Health Care of Kansas for its deceptive tactics and absurd claims that attempt to disparage legislation that would end private insurance companies'’ long-standing practice of discrimination against children with autism, and to resolve to support House Bill 2367, also known as Kate’'s Law.

April 09, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2009) -- Autism Speaks today joined Montana families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the state’s legislators for passing Brandon'’s Bill, Senate Bill 234, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill passed the House today in a vote of 75-24, following the March 25th passage in the State Senate, and now heads to Governor Brian Schweitzer'’s desk for signature into law.

April 08, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (April 28, 2009) -- Autism Speaks today joined Minnesota families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the members of the State House for passing autism insurance reform as part of the Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill, House File 1362. This bill now contains a provision that requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill now heads to the State Senate for further action.

April 03, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (April 3, 2009) -- Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today joined the New Mexico autism community to praise New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for signing into law Senate Bill 39, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The Governor signed the bill yesterday, in honor of World Autism Awareness day, making New Mexico the ninth state in the country to enact comprehensive autism insurance reform.

March 31, 2009

Salem, OR (March 31, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for House Bill 3000, the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals up to the age of 21. The maximum benefit would be $36,000 per year.

March 28, 2009

Augusta, ME (March 28, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for LD 1198 (SP 446), the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals up to the age of 21.  The maximum benefit would be $36,000 per year.

March 20, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2009)  -- Autism Speaks today joined New Mexico families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the state’s legislators for passing Senate Bill 39, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies.  The bill passed the House today in a vote of 51-15, following unanimous passage in the State Senate, and now heads to Governor Bill Richardson’s desk for signature into law.

March 19, 2009

(March 19, 2009) -- A report just released by the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), an organization representing the insurance industry, indicates that the CAHI’s own actuarial  team estimates that an autism insurance reform mandate would only increase the cost of health insurance by about 1 percent.

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March 19, 2009

Juneau, AK (March 19, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for House Bill 187, also known as the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   The maximum benefit would be $36,000 per year.