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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.

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.

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.

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.