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The Affordable Care Act – also known as health reform or “Obamacare” – has ushered in significant changes for millions of Americans, including individuals with autism and their families and caretakers. Why does health reform matter for the autism community?

October 01, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2013) -- Many federal goverment activities have started shutting down as Congress failed yesterday to agree to a continuing budget resolution to keep the government running beyond September 30. Federal agencies last night submitted their shutdown plans  to the Office of Management and Budget.

The Affordable Care Act – also known as health reform or “Obamacare” – introduces significant changes to public and private health insurance. In this resource, we highlight the key changes under health reform.

These changes include new insurance reforms, Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, and a penalty for being uninsured.

August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) -- In response to longstanding concerns raised by military families subject to frequent relocation, local school districts have been directed to provide special education and related services for transferring military students that are "comparable" with what they received at their previous school. An estimated 23,500 children in military families have autism.

July 03, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 3, 2013) -- The Obama administration's decision to delay certain reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by private employers is not expected to have any measurable impact on existing autism coverages, according to an initial analysis by Autism Speaks.

June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2013) -- Military families will face new restrictions and cutbacks obtaining applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for their children with autism under new policies made public this week by TRICARE, the Department of Defense health benefits program.

July 15, 2013

PARAMUS, NJ (July 15, 2013) -- Autism Speaks today commended U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing the AGE-IN Act which would address the challenges faced by young adults with autism as they "age out" of  public education and other support services. Menendez announced the bill here at the ECLC of New Jersey's Bergen P.R.I.D.E. Center.