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Through its work with families, individuals with autism and advocates, Autism Speaks over the years has assembled a list of employers that voluntarily cover insurance benefits for autism treatments. These employers offer health plans which are covered under federal ERISA law and therefore are exempt from state autism insurance laws enacted in over 35 states.

Note: This list contains the best information we have available. If you do not see your employer listed, please contact us so we can add their information!

June 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO (June 13, 2014) -- A $50 million appropriation sought for Medi-Cal to provide behavioral health treatment for autism failed to make the final cut in California's state budget negotiations. But the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will be directed to incorporate the treatment in Medi-Cal, which is the state's Medicaid program, and request the Legislature for an appropriation.

Beyond the Beltway

Autism Speaks Beyond the Beltway is our new program initiative to encourage citizens living in the heartland to begin to build or improve relationships with their Federal legislative officials in the United States Congress. We know how difficult it can be for our families and advocates to pack up and head to Washington, DC. But you can help right where you live!

 

The following organizations, through a task force organized by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, are urging Congress to enact Autism CARES by September 30.

• American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

• ACCSES

• American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

January 27, 2014

PORTLAND (January27, 2014) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed SB.1523 which would correct an oversight in Oregon's 2013 autism insurance reform law by assuring that state employees, teachers and employees of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) gain coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other treatments for autism.

January 10, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, KS (January 9, 2014) -- Kansas autism advoates will get a briefing on plans for 2014 to expand the state's autism insurance reform law to cover more families. Enacted as a pilot program in 2010 for state employees, the benefit was made permanent last year but remains limited to state employees.

August 15, 2013

ALBANY (August 15, 2013) -- The state Department of Financial Services has published its final emergency rule regarding licensure of practitioners of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The agency earlier this year was requiring ABA practitioners to obtain a state license to practice in New York, but has dropped that requirement by accepting certification through the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

July 22, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2013) -- In a series of interviews with Utah parents, The Salt Lake Tribune has found mixed reviews for the state's autism treatment pilot program. The Legislature created the Medicaid program to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for up to 300 children with autism chosen through a lottery, rather than enact legislation requiring state-regulated health insurers to cover the therapy.

July 01, 2013

COLUMBUS (July 1, 2013) -- Gov. John Kasich has signed the state budget bill, which includes an amendment establishing a state certification process for providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA). With this resolved, ABA will be reimbursable when the state's new autism insurance coverage takes effect in 2014.