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autism insurance reform

June 17, 2013

ALBANY (June 17, 2013) -- Autism Speaks and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) today commended the New York Legislature for voting to eliminate a hurdle that has kept families from accessing ABA care as promised under the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law. The bill goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration. 

June 15, 2013

AUSTIN (June 15, 2013) -- Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill expanding autism insurance benefits in Texas by eliminating any age caps for state-regulated health plans. In 2007, Perry signed legislation that made Texas just the third state nationally to enact autism insurance reform, then in 2009 signed another bill that raised the age cap from 5 to 9.

June 14, 2013

TOPEKA (June 14, 2013) -- A pilot autism insurance benefit created for state employees under a 2010 law has been made permanent by the Kansas State Employee Health Care Commission.

The decision avoids the possibility of Kansas becoming the only state to eliminate autism insurance coverage and sets the stage for renewed efforts to enact broader autism insurance reform.

June 05, 2013

HARTFORD (June 5, 2013) -- Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill, SB.1029, that shields anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V from losing their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

The bill was championed by Senators Joseph Crisco, Martin Looney and Rob Kane, and Representatives Cathy Abercrombie and Tony Hwang.

June 06, 2013

ATLANTA (June 5, 2013) -- The Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Benefits held its first hearing on Ava's Law, hearing from supporters and opponents of the Georgia autism insurance reform bill. The bill was sent by the Legislature to the unelected panel for hearings earlier this year.

June 04, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2013) -- The District of Columbia Council today unanimously approved an insurance reform bill that will require coverage for ABA for autism through small group and individual policies starting next year. Once signed by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, who requested the bill, the District will join 33 states that have enacted autism insurance reform.

May 31, 2013

HARTFORD (May 31, 2013) -- The Connecticut Legislature has sent Gov. Dannel Malloy a bill guaranteeing that anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V will not lose their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

May 29, 2013

ALBANY (May 29, 2013) -- Autism Speaks announced today that it is working with two of its New York champions, Assemblyman Joseph Morelle and Senator Chuck Fuschillo, on legislation that would end delays families have encountered accessing insurance coverage for ABA treatment.