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Frequently Asked Questions About the State Autism Insurance Reform Laws

With the help of students from George Washington University Law School, Autism Speaks created and continues to update this section for states that have enacted autism insurance reform laws. We hope that this section will be helpful for the thousands of families that may now be able to receive coverage for the medically necessary autism therapies their children need.

June 27, 2012

NEW YORK -- Alaska will become the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform on June 27 when SB. 74, sponsored by Senator Johnny Ellis and approved by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority from both houses of the Alaska Legislature, officially becomes law. Governor Sean Parnell chose to return the bill to the Legislature today without his signature, which under Alaska law will result in enactment. A 20-day period for the Governor to sign expires June 27.

May 16, 2012

MONTPELIER, VT (May 16, 2012) –  Autism Speaks today praised Governor Peter Shumlin for signing S.223, a bill that will dramatically improve the coverage provided under the state’s 2010 autism insurance law. The new law is one of several initiatives moving across the nation to make existing state autism insurance reform laws even stronger.

March 01, 2012

HAWTHORNE, NY (March 1, 2012) –  MedClaims Liaison (MCL), a leading national patient advocacy company, and Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, released the results of a joint survey demonstrating families seeking autism-related care are bewildered by the myriad challenges they face obtaining proper insurance reimbursement.

February 02, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2012)  Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today cited a new report issued by the Missouri Department of Insurance as the latest evidence to discredit claims by the insurance industry that providing autism benefits will cause premiums to skyrocket for all policyholders.