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The Associated Press Covers Autism Insurance Initiative

October 20, 2008

(October 20, 2008) In an article entitled Parents Press for Autism Insurance Laws, the Associated press provides a good look at the push for autism insurance reform in the states.  The article focuses on the family of Arzu Forough from Washington State and their fight to get insurance coverage for therapies for their 12-year-old son with autism.  Arzu is Autism Speaks' Chapter Advocacy Chair for Washington State. 

Autism Speaks Announces Results of Independent Actuarial Analysis Of Amended House Bill 8

October 08, 2008

NEW YORK, NY (October 8, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced today that the impact of Amended House Bill 8 on health insurance premiums in Ohio is projected to be a mere one-half of one-percent (0.51% or $1.57 per member per month.) This projection is the result of an independent actuarial analysis prepared by Oliver Wyman, one of the largest actuarial practices in North America.

Autism Speaks Applauds Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal For Signing Autism Insurance Reform Legislation Into Law

July 16, 2008

BATON ROUGE, LA (July 16, 2008) -- Autism Speaks today commended Governor Bobby Jindal for signing into law HB 958, which makes Louisiana one of eight states, to date, that have ended insurance discrimination against children with autism. The law requires insurers to cover up to $36,000 a year for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other necessary treatments until age 17. Governor Jindal formally signed the bill at a ceremony at the Greater Baton Rouge Families Helping Families office. An employee, Toni Peters, was instrumental in br

Autism Speaks Applauds Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell For Signing Into Law The Strongest Autism Insurance Reform Legislation In The Nation

July 09, 2008

NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2008) -- Autism Speaks today commended Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for signing into law the most comprehensive autism insurance bill in the nation. The new law provides $36,000 a year for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other necessary treatments, and goes beyond many state insurance reform measures by mandating coverage up to age 21 with no lifetime cap.

Autism Insurance Reform Bill Passed By the Louisiana House!

May 29, 2008


(Baton Rouge, LA - May 29, 2008)  In a final push for passage yesterday, the Louisiana autism community, decked in red shirts and carrying signs and pictures, packed the capitol to watch as the Louisiana House passed House Bill 958, the autism insurance reform bill.  The bill passed without opposition, receiving 99 yeas and 83 coauthors.
The bill will now move to Senate Committee. 

Autism Speaks Joins the Arizona Autism Community in Hailing Governor Janet Napolitano and State Legislators for Enacting Autism Insurance Legislation

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.