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March 04, 2013

NEW YORK (March 4, 2013) -- Autism Speaks today reported it is making progress with high-level Cuomo administration officials and legislative leaders in resolving a bureaucratic dispute which has limited access to ABA services provided under New York's autism insurance reform law which took effect last November.

February 01, 2013


MIAMI (February 1, 2013) -- A federal judge today granted Autism Speaks' request to file a supporting brief on behalf of the plaintiffs suing the state of Florida for denying ABA coverage under the state's Medicaid program.

January 16, 2013

CINCINNATI (January 16, 2013) -- A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Ohio to use its federal IDEA funding to provide ABA therapy for a two-year-old boy with autism.

Ruling against the Ohio Department of Health and the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett rejected the state's argument that it was not required to cover ABA under the federal IDEA Part C program for children under the age of three.

January 07, 2013

MIAMI (January 7, 2013) -- The state of Florida is appealing a 2012 federal court order that it cover ABA for children with autism under Medicaid, arguing it should have the right to make the determination on a case-by-case basis, the Miami Herald reports. Autism Speaks is intervening in the case on behalf of the plaintiffs, three young children who were denied ABA coverage.

January 04, 2013

CONCORD (January 3, 2013) -- An administrative law judge has ruled that a state-funded service agency cannot deny access to ABA by requiring that a family rely on its private insurance to pay the cost.

The case involved a seven-year-old child whose family had purchased health insurance to guard against catastrophic illness. The policy carried annual deductibles of $6,800 per individual and $13,600 for the family. The policy would not begin covering any ABA treatment until the deductible was met.

October 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO (October 29, 2012) -- The California Department of Insurance has issued consumer guidance to help families understand the state's new autism insurance reform law that took effect in July.

The guidance explains the coverage and how to obtrain forther ionformation or contest a denial. The guidance is here.