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This blog post is by Jeanie Caggiano. Her son Enzo has autism and she is an Allstate customer.
 

My little boy, Enzo, is 7 years old.  He was diagnosed at age 3 with pervasive developmental delay. Last year, they gave us a more specific diagnosis that I am still coming to terms with: autism.
 

August 04, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (August 4, 2010) -- Autism Speaks joined Massachusetts families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding Governor Deval Patrick yesterday for signing the House Bill 4935 (An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder) requiring private health insurance plans to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies for people of all ages.

May 28, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (May 28, 2010) -- Autism Speaks yesterday joined Vermont families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding Governor Jim Douglas for signing S. 262, the autism insurance reform bill, into law. S. 262 will require insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary early intervention autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.

May 12, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2010) -- Autism Speaks joined Missouri families, the Missouri Autism Coalition, and other autism organizations today in applauding the members of the State Legislature for their passage of House Bill 1311, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, including behavioral health treatment such as applied behavior analysis. The bill now heads to the Governor Nixon’s desk to be signed into law.

December 25, 2009

Washington, DC (December 25, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, applauds the members of the U.S. Senate for yesterday passing an overall health care reform bill that contains provisions for autism insurance reform, as well as the funding to accelerate the scientific discovery of autism treatments and cures.

November 08, 2009

 

The provision, introduced this past July by Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will prohibit discrimination in benefits against people with autism by including behavioral health treatments as part of the essential benefits package.  The bill must now be passed by the U.S. Senate.

 

Don't forget to go to send a thank you note to Rep. Mike Doyle!

October 13, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Passes Health Insurance Reform Bill Containing Menendez Amendment for Autism Insurance Reform

 

Washington, DC (October 13, 2009) -- Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauds the members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for their 14 to 9 passage of a health care reform bill, the America’s Health Future Act, containing an amendment for autism insurance reform.

 

March 19, 2009

(March 19, 2009) -- A report just released by the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), an organization representing the insurance industry, indicates that the CAHI’s own actuarial  team estimates that an autism insurance reform mandate would only increase the cost of health insurance by about 1 percent.

Read the CAHI report