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May 05, 2014

ANNAPOLIS (May 5, 2014) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley today signed a professional licensing bill for behavior analysts, the final step in Maryland's multi-year effort to require insurance coverage of medically necessary autism treatment. By virtue of the bill-signing, Maryland became the 37th state to enact autism insurance reform.

April 23, 2014

(April 23, 2014) -- The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) has finalized new regulations that will require coverage of autism benefits, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), for many private plans as well as state employees. Related legislation that would establish a state licensing procedure for ABA providers, meanwhile, is headed to Gov. Martin O'Malley in May.

March 13, 2014

Two Maryland teenage girls are in police custody after abusing a teenager with autism and filming it on their cell phones. One, who is 17 years old, is being charged as an adult with false imprisonment, assault and solicitation for child pornography. The other girl, who is 15, is charged as a juvenile.

March 11, 2014

BALTIMORE (March 10, 2014) -- A Maryland agency has directed many of the state's private health plans to start covering treatments for individuals with autism through age 18. The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) finalized regulations that will require insurers to cover at least 25 hours a week of habilitative care for children with autism aged 18 months through 5 years, and a minimum of 10 hours a week of therapy for ages 6 though 18.

December 09, 2013

BALTIMORE (December 9, 2013) -- New regulations that would have brought autism insurance coverage to Maryland in 2014 will instead be reproposed in January, the Maryland Insurance Administration has announced.

September 19, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 19, 2013) -- The death of a man with Down syndrome while in police custody has prompted Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to create a task force to improve training for law enforcement, paramedics and first responders in dealing with episodes involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

September 09, 2013

ANNAPOLIS (September 9, 2013) -- A Maryland proposal making clear that health insurers under existing state law must cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other autism therapies needs to be strengthened to maximize coverage for as many families as possible, Autism Speaks has urged in a letter cosigned by leading Maryland advocacy groups.

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 19, 2012

BALTIMORE (April 19, 2012) -- The Baltimore Sun today published an OpED by Ian Paregol, executive director of Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, critical of the Maryland Legislature's efforts to improve autism insurance coverage.