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February 21, 2013

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 coverage to all military families.

February 20, 2013

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 for behavioral health treatment as the law required, said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks' executive vice president for programs and services. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States with an estimated 1 of every 88 children now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

February 13, 2013

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 houses of Congress today. The new accounts would not jeopardize eligibility for Medicaid, Social Security, private insurance and other benefits.

January 03, 2013

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, a critical first step in improving services for military families raising children with autism.

December 05, 2012

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.

December 04, 2012

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.

Already approved by 126 other nations, the Convention is modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people worldwide live with a disability, such as autism.

November 29, 2012

Update: Bob Wright on Andrea Mitchell Reports. Watch here

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2012) -- Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today the federal government has failed to respond to the nation's growing autism epidemic with the sense of urgency it deserves. The committee pledged to dig deeper into the issue.

U.S. House of Representatives

H.R. 3423 (200 of 435 remaining)
Alabama
Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-4]
Rep. Mo Brooks [R-5]
Rep. Terri Sewell [D-7]

Arizona
Rep. Paul Gosar [R-1]
Rep. Trent Franks [R-2]
Rep. Benjamin Quayle [R-3]
Rep. Ed Pastor [D-4]
Rep. David Schweikert [R-5]
Rep. Jeff Flake [R-6]
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-7]
Rep. Ron Barber [D-8]

October 26, 2012

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 plans operating in 22 states. The FEHB is the nation's largest single health insurance program, covering eight million federal employees, dependents and retirees. Open season for 2013 medical coverage runs November 12 through December 10.