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California Includes Autism Benefits in Health Care Reform Plan

October 02, 2012

SACRAMENTO (October 2, 2012) -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that incorporates autism insurance benefits, including ABA coverage, as part of California's "essential health benefits" package that many individual and small group insurance plans must offer starting in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

'The ACA's 50-State "Essential Health Benefits" Tangle:' LDI Health Economist

June 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2012) -- Janet Weiner, MPH, associate director for health policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, assesses how the states are implementing the Affordable Care Act and incorporating autism coverage as part of the required essential health benefits package. Read more here.

Autism Speaks 'Optimistic' With HHS Plan Allowing States to Maintain ABA Coverage

December 16, 2011

NEW YORK (December 16, 2012) -- Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, expressed optimism with today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) permitting states to maintain coverage for autism behavior therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), as part of their essential health benefits package when provisions of the new federal health care law take effect in 2014.

Advocates Report on Testimony at HHS 'Listening Sessions' Held Across U.S.

December 09, 2011

NEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2011) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted a series of "listening sessions" in cities across the United States during November to help guide its implementation of the sweeping federal health care reform law enacted by Congress in 2010. The listening sessions gave the public an opportunity to declare what health care benefits children and adults with autism should receive.

Autism Speaks Presents White Paper to HHS on Autism Coverage and Essential Health Benefits

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (October 20, 2011) -- Autism Speaks presented the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a White Paper outlining why autism treatments and services should be included in the "essential health benefits" package under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. HHS is responsible for implementing the law by regulation.