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Through its work with families, individuals with autism and advocates, Autism Speaks over the years has assembled a list of employers that voluntarily cover insurance benefits for autism treatments. These employers offer health plans which are covered under federal ERISA law and therefore are exempt from state autism insurance laws enacted in over 35 states.

Note: This list contains the best information we have available. If you do not see your employer listed, please contact us so we can add their information!

January 15, 2014

REDMOND, WA (January 16, 2014) -- Since its founding in 1975, Microsoft has been associated with dramatic innovations in computer software and devices that have fundamentally reshaped how the world works, plays and communicates. Less well known has been the company's innovative response to autism.

January 08, 2014

NEW YORK (January 8, 2014) -- Credit Suisse, a Zurich-based financial services firm, has introduced insurance coverage for autism treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), for its U.S. employees. Credit Suisse, which self-funds its health plan, made the decision voluntarily in response to employee requests.

December 11, 2013

COVINGTON, KY (December 11, 2013) -- A Toyota worker has sued the car manufacturer for denying insurance claims for his children's hospital treatment for autism on the basis that it was "educational." The complaint was filed just months after GM and Chrysler began voluntarily offering their employees insurance coverage for the treatment, applied behavior analysis (ABA).

December 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO (December 11, 2013) -- Qualcomm, a wireless technology services firm, will introduce coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism in its employee health plan in 2014. (The Qualcomm announcement came as Toyota was sued in federal court by an employee for denying his claims for ABA benefits for his three children who have autism.)

November 26, 2013

NEW YORK  (November 26, 2013) -- An increasing number of the nation's top companies are voluntarily offering their employees autism coverage in their health plans. With the addition of JPMorgan Chase, 14 of the Fortune Top 100 firms now provide the coverage, based on information available to Autism Speaks.

November 26, 2013

NEW YORK (November 26, 2013) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) will voluntarily offer its employees autism insurance benefits starting in 2014, becoming the latest Fortune 500 company to extend the coverage through its company health plan. Because JPMorgan Chase self-funds its insurance plan, it is covered under federal ERISA law which does not require autism coverage.

September 16, 2013

HARTFORD, CT (September 16, 2013) -- United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has alerted its employees that it will voluntarily start offering autism insurance benefits, including coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA), starting in 2014.

July 11, 2013

DETROIT (July 11, 2013) -- GM and Chrysler have begun to voluntarily offer expanded health insurance benefits for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), to their employees and efforts are underway to convince Ford to also improve its coverage. GM offers the benefits nationally; Chrysler has begun by offering benefits to its Michigan-based workforce.

Pending Litigation & Settled Law

Potter v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Case No. 10-cv-14981 (S.D. Mich. March 30, 2013)
Granting Plaintiffs’ motion for judgment on ERISA claims and holding that BCBS’ denial of ABA claims on grounds that ABA is “experimental or investigative” was arbitrary and capricious.