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April 03, 2013

PRAIRIE VILLAGE (April 3, 2013) -- KCTV Reporter Erika Tallon reports on the phenomenon of Missouri kids, whose state requires autism insurance coverage, crossing the border to Prairie Village in Kansas, which does not require coverage, to get ABA treatment. Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks associate director of state government affairs, was interviewed.

February 06, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 6, 2012) -- The Kansas City Star in an editorial, 'One step forward,' said the Kansas legislature could learn from Missouri's experience in considering an expansion of autism insurance benefits.

June 11, 2012

TOPEKA (June 11, 2012) -- A committee of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) voted today to continue autism insurance benefits under the State Employee Health Plan through 2013. The KDHE decision averted the possibility of Kansas becoming the only state to eliminate autism insurance coverage and sets the stage for wider coverage for more families next year.

May 17, 2012

TOPEKA, KS (May 17, 2012) -- An 11th-hour push to move HB.2764 to the Senate floor for a final vote fell two votes short of approval, ending hopes for expanded autism insurance reform in 2012. A motion to remove the bill from the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee received a vote of 22-11, but 24 votes were required. Six Senators did not vote and one was absent.

March 21, 2012

TOPEKA, KS (March 21, 2012) -- The Kansas House of Representatives approved HB.2764, the autism insurance reform expansion bill, rejecting several harmful amendments before the 92-30 vote. The bill moves next to the Senate. To learn more about how HB.2764 compares to existing law, go here.

'Autism coverage clears House,' read the Topeka Capital-Journal coverage here.

February 23, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (February 23, 2012) --  Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today endorsed HB 2764 which would continue coverage for state employees provided under Kansas' 2010 autism insurance reform law and extend the same coverage to all state-regulated group plans for individuals with autism through age 18.

“As a parent of a child with Autism, I know first hand what an organization like Autism Speaks can mean in finding a cure for this terrible disorder.
Therefore, in planning for the creation of this book, the book publishers, the writer of the song Kerry Livgren, and the guys in the band KANSAS, all felt that Autism Speaks would make perfect sense in receiving a portion of the books sales proceeds.
We are honored that AS joins us in commemorating this very special song, in book form.” – Phil Ehart/KANSAS