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July 01, 2013

LOS ANGELES (July 1, 2013) -- Autism Speaks and Autism Deserves Equal Coverage have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a California appeals court to enable state workers to access applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for their dependents with autism. Nearly 3,700 Californians with autism are currently being denied ABA because of a dispute over licensure for ABA providers.

June 28, 2013

SALEM (June 28, 2013) -- The Oregon House has approved and sent Gov. John Kitzhaber a bill  which would empower the state Insurance Division to order health plans to pay restitution to consumers if they violate the law or their contracts. Sponsored by Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland), the bill (SB.414) was approved 47-13.

Oregon state regulators currently have very limited enforcement powers over the insurance industry which has an exemption from Oregon's anti-fraud laws.

June 27, 2013

FRANKFORT (June 27, 2013) -- A special legislative committee heard complaints of denials and delays under Kentucky's 2010 autism insurance reform law at a hearing here.

"I want to get fixed whatever is not working correctly,” Rep. Jeff Greer, co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance, told the Floyd County Times. Last year, the state Department of Insurance had to intervene with health plans to provide appropriate coverage.

June 22, 2013

SALEM (June 21, 2013) -- The Oregon Senate has approved a bill, S.414A, that would strengthen the enforcement powers of the state Department of Consumer & Business Services over health insurers. The sponsor, Sen. Chip Shields, said the bill arose directly as a result of disputes involving claims for autism coverage.

The department under current law can only revoke an insurer's license; the new bill would add the power to order restitution to consumers. 

June 04, 2013

NEW YORK (June 4, 2013) -- Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism advocacy and science organization, has formed the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center (ASLRC) to help develop and protect the legal rights of people with autism. The initial focus of the ASLRC will be on ensuring access to effective autism treatment through enforcement of autism insurance reform and other private and public sources of coverage.