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Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2014) -- In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid.

Sen. Schumer Introduces 'Avonte's Law' To Address Wandering

June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2014) -- Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has introduced "Avonte's Law," a bill that would provide $10 million a year in federal funding over five years to local law enforcement agencies to acquire tracking devices to protect children with disabilities who wander and to train police on how to interact with people with disabilities.

Autism Speaks Beyond the Beltway

Beyond the Beltway

Autism Speaks Beyond the Beltway is our new program initiative to encourage citizens living in the heartland to begin to build or improve relationships with their Federal legislative officials in the United States Congress. We know how difficult it can be for our families and advocates to pack up and head to Washington, DC. But you can help right where you live!

Autism CARES Endorsed By Leading Disabilities Organizations

June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2014) -- The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of 110 national disabilities organizations, has announced its support for Autism CARES, the amended version of legislation before Congress that would preserve federal funding for autism activites over the next five years. The bill has been introduced in the Senate while the House version has already cleared committee and is headed to a floor vote with 79 co-sponsors.

CARA 2014 Marches Ahead In Congress Under New Name

June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2014) -- Legislation to renew and rename the Combating Autism Act was introduced in the Senate while a House version cleared committee and was sent to the House floor. Renamed Autism CARES (the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act), the legislation is now identical in both houses of Congress and would continue federal funding for autism research and other activites at an annual $260 million level for another five years.

Major Disabilities Groups Sign On To CARA 2014

June 04, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2014) -- A coalition of 36 national disabilities organizations, including Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Easter Seals, The Arc, National Down Syndrome Society, March of Dimes and the Autism Society of America, is urging Congress to pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014 (CARA) before the current law expires September 30.

Feds Grilled On Autism Research Spending, Priorities

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2014) -- A House committee closely questioned federal officials today about the prioritization of genetic over environmental research on autism, as well as the controls in place to assure research dollars are spent most effectively. Members from both parties of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, however, made clear they were not interested in cutting federal funding for autism research.