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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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UN Convention on Disabilities Fails in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2012) -- A vote to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities fell six votes short of the two thirds majority required in the Senate today.

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Bob Wright Tells Congress: 'Face Up to the Crisis'

Update: Bob Wright on Andrea Mitchell Reports. Watch here

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2012) -- Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright to... More...

ABLE Act - Members Yet to Cosponsor

U.S. House of Representatives

H.R. 3423 (200 of 435 remaining) Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-4] Rep. Mo Brook... More...

UPDATED: New ABA Benefit for Federal Employees to be Offered in 2013

NEW YORK (October 26, 2012) -- A revised analysis by Autism Speaks of the new ABA coverage to be offered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program for 2013 has identified 67 participating health pla... More...

Autism Speaks Mourns Arlen Specter

NEW YORK (October 14, 2012) -- Autism Speaks today mourned the passing of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, citing his leadership in Congress for a strong federal funding role for health and autism research.

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