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Petes Brass Rail Superbowl Party Raises $28,355 for Autism Speaks

February 03, 2014

On Sunday, February 2nd the Ninth Annual Pete’s Brass Rail & Car Wash Superbowl Party in Danville, CA was a huge success! This gem of a restaurant knows how to throw an amazing football fundraiser. Guests were treated to tasty refreshments and engaging entertainment as they watched Super Bowl 48. The night brought in $28,355 in donations to Autism Speaks!

CA Cites 3 Insurers Over Improper Speech, OT Denials

November 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO (November 19, 2013) -- The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has ordered three health insurers to stop denying claims filed for speech and occupational therapy for patients with developmental disabilities, including autism. The three insurers were ordered to reimburse the claims and one--Health Net--was also fined $300,000 for repeated violations.

CA Insurance Law Extended Through 2016

October 10, 2013

SACRAMENTO (October 10, 2013) -- California's 2011 autism insurance law, which was scheduled to expire next summer, has been extended through 2016 under legislation signed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown also signed some bills and vetoed others in a package of diversity legislation designed to improve autism services for the state's disadvantaged communities.

CA State Employees Gain ABA Coverage through Court Ruling

September 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES (September 11, 2013) -- A California policy that allowed unlicensed but nationally board-certified ABA practitioners to provide therapy under some health plans but declared this illegal for plans covering lower-income families and state employees is "nonsensical" and void in light of California's 2011 autism insurance reform law, a state appeals court has ruled.

School District Offered Family Thousands to Keep Son with Autism out of School

August 29, 2013

The mother of David Swanson, a 21-year-old with autism and diabetes, says school districts in Yuba City, California have offered her as much as $86,000 to keep her son out of school and have barred him from attending classes with his private duty nurse since school began in mid-August. The mom, Heather Houston, says she would never give up her son’s rights to an education, even if they offered her a million dollars.