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Peter Bell Re-appointed to White House Disabilities Panel

July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2012) -- Autism Speaks Executive Vice President of Programs and Services Peter Bell has been re-appointed as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which advises the President and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities and their quality of life. Bell was first appointed to the Committee earlier this year.

Autism Speaks Commends Sen. Menendez for Insisting Autism Therapies Get Covered Under New Federal Health Care Law

February 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pressed U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to insure that the states include behavioral health treatments for autism as they implement the Affordable Care Act, expressing “serious concern” that the federal government’s efforts thus far have fallen short. Autism Speaks applauded the remarks by Senator Menendez, who is among a group of Senate and House champions that continues to fight for a strong federal commitment to meaningful autism insurance coverage.

Advocates Report on Testimony at HHS 'Listening Sessions' Held Across U.S.

December 09, 2011

NEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2011) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted a series of "listening sessions" in cities across the United States during November to help guide its implementation of the sweeping federal health care reform law enacted by Congress in 2010. The listening sessions gave the public an opportunity to declare what health care benefits children and adults with autism should receive.

Autism Speaks Presents White Paper to HHS on Autism Coverage and Essential Health Benefits

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (October 20, 2011) -- Autism Speaks presented the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a White Paper outlining why autism treatments and services should be included in the "essential health benefits" package under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. HHS is responsible for implementing the law by regulation.

Federal Report To Congress Confirms Urgent Need For Reauthorization Of The Combating Autism Act Of 2006

January 11, 2011

New York, NY (January 11, 2011) –Report to Congress issued by the Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (CAA) resulted in significant advances in the understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as progress in identifying both best practices and the need for more supports and services.

IACC Releases 2008 Research Summary, Selects Autism Speaks-Funded Studies

November 19, 2009

Washington, DC (November 19, 2009) -- In response to the alarming growth in autism diagnoses, Congress passed the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-416), which established the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to coordinate all efforts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that are related to ASD.