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September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) -- The Department of Defense has issued a new Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration program, which consolidates the current three TRICARE programs covering ABA for beneficiaries with autism. Autism Speaks is analyzing the new program and has requested input from TRICARE beneficiaries and ABA providers on the changes.

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. 

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.

August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) -- In response to longstanding concerns raised by military families subject to frequent relocation, local school districts have been directed to provide special education and related services for transferring military students that are "comparable" with what they received at their previous school. An estimated 23,500 children in military families have autism.