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June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2014) -- The Department of Defense has announced plans to consolidate its three different ABA programs under TRICARE with a new "Autism Care Demonstration" for all TRICARE beneficiaries with autism spectrum disorders.

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 22, 2014) -- The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a new Defense budget which includes a requirement that TRICARE dramatically improve access to applied behavior analysis (ABA) for all military children with developmental disabilities. Action moves next to the Senate.

May 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2014) -- Bipartisan legislation that would require TRICARE to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for all military children with developmental disabilities, including autism, at medically prescribed levels was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sponsored by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), the Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act of 2014 marks the latest effort in Congress to improve and standardize medical coverage of ABA therapy under TRICARE, the military health system.

April 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2014) -- Military families raising children with autism and Down syndrome today called on Congress to overhaul insurance coverage provided under TRICARE for applied behavior analysis (ABA) during Capitol Hill briefings organized by Autism Speaks. Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), who have championed TRICARE reform bills in the past, said they remain committed to improving ABA coverage for military kids and will soon introduce new legislation.

February 06, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 6, 2014) -- TRICARE, the military healthcare program, has eased onerous testing and assessment requirements for retiring service members to access applied behavior analysis (ABA) under its Pilot program for non-active duty family members. 

January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 21, 2014) -- House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to continue funding the Department of Defense Autism Research Program (DoDARP) at $6 million in the next defense budget.

Congress has included funding for peer-reviewed autism research through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) since 2007. About $47 million has been set aside for autism research through the program since it started.

December 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (December 13, 2013) -- An 11th-hour agreement on a new Defense bill hammered out by the Senate and the House dropped dozens of proposed amendments, including a provision to improve TRICARE coverage for ABA treatment for military dependents with developmental disabilities, including autism.