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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. 

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.

August 15, 2008

(Tallahassee, FL) August 15, 2008 --  Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced the appointment of Elizabeth Emken, Autism Speaks Vice President of Government Relations, to the Developmental Disabilities Compact Workgroup.  This workgroup was established by Senate Bill 2654, signed into law in May. 

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

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.

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. 

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.

March 18, 2008

Tallahassee, FL  (March 18, 2008) --  Both SB 2654 and HB 1291 passed in the State House and Senate Committee meetings today!! These bills will reform Florida state law to provide appropriate insurance coverage for children with autism for treatments and therapies including applied behavioral analysis therapy.