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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 21, 2013

SALEM (June 21, 2013) -- The Oregon autism insurance reform bill, SB.365-9A, has been voted out of a subcommittee and lined up for final action by the Legislature and Governor John Kitzhaber.

Sponsored by Sen. Alan Bates, the bill yesterday was voted out of the Human Services subcommittee of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee. The full Joint Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote Monday on the amended bill, which would then go to the Senate and House of Representatives for final legislative approval.

June 18, 2013
SACRAMENTO (June 18 , 2013) -- The California Legislature and Governor Brown were unable to reach a funding agreement to continue autism therapies for 900,000 children who transitioned out of the Healthy Families Program earlier this year into Medi-Cal. Autism Speaks will work until every person with autism has appropriate access to necessary medical therapies, regardless of how they access that care.
 
June 18, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (June 18, 2013) -- The state of Utah, which has the highest autism rate in the nation, will add 35 slots to a Medicaid-funded ABA program offered through a lottery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The Utah Autism Coalition has estimated over 18,000 children in the state have been diagnosed with autism.

June 14, 2013

TOPEKA (June 14, 2013) -- A pilot autism insurance benefit created for state employees under a 2010 law has been made permanent by the Kansas State Employee Health Care Commission.

The decision avoids the possibility of Kansas becoming the only state to eliminate autism insurance coverage and sets the stage for renewed efforts to enact broader autism insurance reform.

June 12, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (June 12, 2013) -- Autism Speaks volunteer Rollin Cook has been named Utah's new director of the Department of Corrections. The oldest of his four children has autism.

Read his Salt Lake Tribune profile here

June 05, 2013

HARTFORD (June 5, 2013) -- Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill, SB.1029, that shields anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V from losing their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

The bill was championed by Senators Joseph Crisco, Martin Looney and Rob Kane, and Representatives Cathy Abercrombie and Tony Hwang.

June 06, 2013

ATLANTA (June 5, 2013) -- The Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Benefits held its first hearing on Ava's Law, hearing from supporters and opponents of the Georgia autism insurance reform bill. The bill was sent by the Legislature to the unelected panel for hearings earlier this year.

May 31, 2013

HARTFORD (May 31, 2013) -- The Connecticut Legislature has sent Gov. Dannel Malloy a bill guaranteeing that anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V will not lose their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

May 24, 2013

SACRAMENTO (May 24, 2013) -- Five bills designed to improve the operation of Regional Centers have been voted out of the state Senate Appropriations Committee and sent to the Senate floor.

The legislation is in addition to a measure already approved by the Senate, SB.126, that would extend the sunset on California's autism insurance reform law from 2014 to 2019.

The bills include: