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October 27, 2011

DETROIT (October 27, 2011) - Paul Welday, the president of the Michigan Autism Insurance Reform Coalition, argued in an opinion piece published today in the Detroit News that providing behavioral treatment for children with autism is the responsibility of insurers, not taxpayer-supported public schools.

Call on Republican-led houses to take action
December 07, 2011

LANSING (Dec. 7, 2011) -- House Democrats led by Rep. Lisa Brown held a Statehouse press conference to call on the Republican leadership to move HB.4604 and 4605, the two autism insurance reform bills. Read the press release.

January 19, 2012

LANSING (January 19, 2012) -- Gov. Rick Snyder, in his 2012 State-of-the-State Address, called on the Michigan Legislature to address autism insurance reform in the coming year. His remarks drew a standing ovation.

March 08, 2012

LANSING (March 8, 2012) -- The Senate approved the autism insurance reform bills, SB.414 and 415, by votes of 29-9. A companion bill, SB.981, was also approved by a 28-10 vote. The legislation moves next to the House.  This is the furthest autism insurance legislation has ever progressed in the Michigan Senate. Gov. Rick Snyder called for autism insurance reform in his State of the State Address and the bills have strong support from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

March 29, 2012

LANSING -- The House overwhelmingly approved the autism insurance reform bills, SB.414 and 415, by votes of 91-19 and a companion bill, SB.981, by an 84-26 vote. The Senate quickly concurred with amendments that had been added in House committee and sent the legislation to Governor Rick Snyder who said he will sign them into law.

April 02, 2012

LANSING (April 2, 2012) -- The office of Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley issued a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help families and caregivers better understand the three-bill autism insurance reform package voted out of the Legislature on March 29. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill shortly.

The FAQs can be found here.

April 06, 2012

DETROIT (April 6, 2012) -- The Detroit News today published "Snyder should sign autism bill," an editorial rebuttal from Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs.

April 5, 2012
Letter: Snyder should sign autism bill

April 24, 2012

NEW YORK (April 24, 2012) -- Autism Speaks has created a fact sheet answering frequently asked questions about the new Michigan autism insurance reform law. The FAQs are here.

April 18, 2012

LANSING (April 18, 2012)  -- Autism Speaks hailed the signing today of legislation that makes Michigan the 30th state to enact autism insurance reform and the first to act since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued alarming new data on the prevalence of autism in America. The new law requires coverage up to the age of 18 for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and speech and occupational therapy for children diagnosed with autism.

October 12, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (October 12, 2011) – An actuarial study commissioned by Autism Speaks concludes that a pair of autism insurance reform bills before the Michigan legislature could reduce the need for taxpayer-funded special education and medical programs, offsetting an estimated 0.36 percent impact on premiums.