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California

April 03, 2013

SACRAMENTO (April 3, 2013) -- Autism and disability rights organizations from across California, including Autism Speaks, will rally April 17 at the State Capitol to press for 2013 legislative initiatives. Learn more here

Bill would extend autism insurance coverage through mid-2019
March 26, 2013

OAKLAND (March 26, 2013) -- The California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) has concluded that SB.126, a bill that would extend the state's autism insurance reform law another five years, would have no "measurable cost impact."

January 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO (Jan. 23, 2013) -- Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has introduced a bill (S-126) to extend California's autism insurance reform law another five years to July 2019. The current law, which Steinberg also sponsored, stops taking effect July 1, 2014.

January 04, 2013

CONCORD (January 3, 2013) -- An administrative law judge has ruled that a state-funded service agency cannot deny access to ABA by requiring that a family rely on its private insurance to pay the cost.

The case involved a seven-year-old child whose family had purchased health insurance to guard against catastrophic illness. The policy carried annual deductibles of $6,800 per individual and $13,600 for the family. The policy would not begin covering any ABA treatment until the deductible was met.

October 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO (October 29, 2012) -- The California Department of Insurance has issued consumer guidance to help families understand the state's new autism insurance reform law that took effect in July.

The guidance explains the coverage and how to obtrain forther ionformation or contest a denial. The guidance is here.  

Pilot Program Focused on Improving Services in Four Regions; Seeking Grants Proposals from Innovative Service Providers in South Florida, Chicago, Southern California and St. Louis

In an effort to increase its impact at the local level, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to

September 12, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 12, 2012) – In an effort to increase its impact at the local level, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today issued a request for applications for its first Family Services Chapter Grants, a pilot program that seeks to directly support the innovative work of autism service providers in four key geographic chapters of Autism Speaks: South Florida, Chicagoland, Southern California and St. Louis.