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Crenshaw, Casey Stage Capitol Hill Rally for ABLE

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2013) – Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), fellow Members of Congress and disability advocates, including Autism Speaks, joined at a Capitol Hill rally... More...

Capital Region Lawmakers Demand ABA For All Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2013) -- A bipartisan group of 11 Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are urging a federal agency to make insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) av... More...

The 'Sequester' Is Here. Now What?

NEW YORK (March 1, 2013) --  America’s most vulnerable citizens—people with autism and related disorders-- face a longterm loss of billions of dollars in services and supports as a result of the $85 bill... More...

Harkin Calls for 25% Growth In U.S. Disability Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC (February 27, 2013) -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called for the U.S, disability workforce to grow 25 percent, to six million, by 2015 during a special hearing yesterday of the Senate Health, Education, Labor ... More...

Larson Prods TRICARE To Get Moving on ABA Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, DC (February 21, 2013) -- Rep. John Larson (D-CT) urged the Department of Defense to act "promptly" on legislation he sponsored last year requiring TRICARE to establish a one-year pilot program providing ABA ... More...

Autism Speaks: New Federal Health Care Rules Come Up Short on Autism

NEW YORK (February 21, 2013) -- The expanded access to health care promised through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would fall short with autism under new federal regulations that fail to require every state to include coverage... More...

ABLE Act Reintroduced in New Congress

WASHINGTON, DC (February, 13, 2013) -- Bipartisan legislation that would enable families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities was reintroduced in both hou... More...

Obama Signs Bill Expanding ABA Care for Military Kids

WASHINGTON, DC (January 3, 2013) -- President Obama has signed bipartisan legislation creating a one-year pilot program expanding ABA care to all military families through TRICARE, the Pentagon's healthcare program, ... More...

Autism Benefits Lagging Under Federal Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, DC (January 8, 2013) -- Just half the states have thus far planned to include ABA coverage in their new health care exchanges which open for business next year, an initial analysis by Autism Speaks has found.

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ABA Care for Military Kids Clears Senate

WASHINGTON, DC (December 5, 2012) -- The U.S. Senate today approved a new Department of Defense budget bill that includes an amendment improving ABA benefits for the 23,000 military families raising children with autism.

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