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May 10, 2013

SACRAMENTO (May 10, 2013) -- Autism Speaks has joined with advocacy groups from across California to protest the cutoff of ABA services for 900,000 children who are transitioning from the Healthy Families Program to Medi-Cal.

May 02, 2013

SACRAMENTO (May 2, 2013) -- The California Senate Health Committee voted unanimously to release  (SB-126), a bill that would extend the state's autism insurance reform law to 2019.

April 29, 2013

NASHVILLE (April 29, 2013) -- Autism Speaks' advocacy chair for Tennessee, Jennifer Sheridan, has produced a short video summarizing the progress to date on the Tennessee autism insurance reform bill and rallying continued support to complete the job.

 

 

 

April 26, 2013

ANNAPOLIS (April 26, 2013) -- The Maryland Autism Technical Advisory Group (TAG) today recommended new regulations for health insurance coverage for autism treatments, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). The proposal will now proceed through the regulatory process, including an opportunity for public comment.

April 23, 2013

AUSTIN (April 23, 2013) -- Texas Autism Awareness Day will be celebrated Tuesday, April 30 at the Capitol and include a series of events, including opportunities to meet with lawmakers to advocate for SB.1484, a bill that would eliminate the age 10 cap on benefits under the state's existing autism insurance reform law.

April 18, 2013

SACRAMENTO (April 18, 2013) -- Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he will work for coverage of behavioral health treatment under the Medi-Cal Managed Health Care program and reiterated his commitment to a five-year extension of the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law.

April 11, 2013

SALEM (April 11, 2013) -- The Oregon Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a statewide series of budget hearings where autism advocates will have the opportunity to urge support for the autism insurance reform bills, SB.365 and HB.2897. The six hearings start tomorrow in Eugene and continue through April 25.

April 04, 2013

CHARLOTTE (April 4, 2013) -- WBTV reports on the introduction of North Carolina's new autism insurance reform bill through the eyes of parent advocates.

April 03, 2013

PRAIRIE VILLAGE (April 3, 2013) -- KCTV Reporter Erika Tallon reports on the phenomenon of Missouri kids, whose state requires autism insurance coverage, crossing the border to Prairie Village in Kansas, which does not require coverage, to get ABA treatment. Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks associate director of state government affairs, was interviewed.