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January 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 14, 2014) -- With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now well underway, Kaiser Health News (KHN) has found many families caring for children with disabilities, including autism, struggling to gain coverage for therapies such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Key panel recommends including ABA through its Affordable Care Act plans
March 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2013) -- The District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority has recommended that coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) be required in the new health plans created later this year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The recommendation now requires only the approval of the District Council.

December 21, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (December 21, 2012) – Ohio Governor John Kasich has included coverage for the treatment of autism in the state's Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plan, drawing immediate praise from Autism Speaks. 

October 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (October 19, 2012) -- In a strongly worded letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, four U.S. Senators said the federal government is not doing enough to require the states to include behavioral health treatments, such as ABA, as part of national health care reform.

UPDATE: Massachusetts, Nevada Move on ABA Coverage; Deadline Extended to Dec. 14
November 14, 2012

NEW YORK (November 16, 2012) -- The states are creating a patchwork of available autism benefits as they begin implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) due to poor guidance from the federal government, according to an ongoing analysis by Autism Speaks.