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January 31, 2013

HONOLULU (January 30, 2013) -- Hawaii's new autism insurance reform bill, SB-668, cleared the Health, and Commerce and Consumer Protection committees today which met in joint session. The bill was passed by unanimous votes by each committee and moves next to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

January 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO (Jan. 23, 2013) -- Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has introduced a bill (S-126) to extend California's autism insurance reform law another five years to July 2019. The current law, which Steinberg also sponsored, stops taking effect July 1, 2014.

January 16, 2013

LYONS (January 16, 2013) -- WTOC reports on Anna Bullard's campaign for autism insurance reform in Georgia.

After her daughter Ava, now 8, was diagnosed with autism, Bullard said she wanted to get the best treatment possible. Instead, her doctor told her, "'You can't get that in Georgia.' I was stunned."  

She's now working with Autism Speaks to push legislation for autism insurance reform in Georgia. Read more here 

January 09, 2013

COLUMBUS (January 9, 2013) -- Governor John Kasich conducted a ceremonial signing of his December order requiring coverage of autism benefits in the state's new health care exchange beginning in 2014. The order will also cover state employees once agreements are reached with the employee unions.

January 08, 2013

LYONS (January 8, 2013) -- Lyons-area mom Anna Bullard has posted a YouTube video, "Ava's Story: Autism Insurance for Georgia," describing the plight of families such as hers trying to access insurance coverage for autism under current Georgia law.

The video urges support for autism insurance reform in Georgia, now in the minority of states that has yet to enact legislation guaranteeing coverage.