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September 09, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (September 9, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation’'s largest autism advocacy organization, today applauded the California Legislature for approving an amended autism insurance reform bill, SB 946, on the final day of the legislative session and urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign it into law.

August 17, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (August 17, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, joined California families today in applauding Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on his effort to amend legislation that would give families caring for children with autism access to insurance coverage for critical therapies.

July 15, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (July 15, 2011) – Action on an autism insurance reform bill before the California Legislature is more urgent than ever in the wake of a settlement the state reached with a major health plan which does little to improve coverage for families, Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks’ vice president of state government affairs, said today.

July 13, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (July  13, 2011) – The California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders, chaired by Senate President Darrell Steinberg, held a hearing today to hear expert testimony on autism insurance coverage and behavioral intervention therapy. Lorri Unumb, Esq., vice president for state government relations for Autism Speaks, addressed the impact of the new federal health care law on behavioral intervention therapy.

January 25, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (January 25, 2011) – Autism Speaks joined today with members of the Alliance of California Autism Organizations (ACAO), families and other autism advocates to announce its support for Assembly Bill 171, the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, testing, and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

September 27, 2008

Although existing law (AB 88) provided for mental health parity, in practice, health care service providers and insurers often denied coverage for autism and did not provide access to professionals with adequate training and expertise.