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ERISA Champions: Employers Who Voluntarily Cover Autism

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!

Medi-Cal Funding For ABA Fails, But New Option Emerges

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.

Autism Speaks Beyond the Beltway

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!

Autism CARES Supporting Organizations

 

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

State Publishes Final Version of ABA Licensing Rules

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.

Utah ABA Pilot Program Draws Mixed Reviews

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.