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December 05, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (December 5, 2012) -- The U.S. Senate today approved a new Department of Defense budget bill that includes an amendment improving ABA benefits for the 23,000 military families raising children with autism.

November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2012) -- The Senate today approved a bipartisan amendment  that would improve access to ABA care for the nation's 23,000 military kids with autism.

Sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the vote marked the first Senate vote on the issue and was a critical step forward in getting action completed before the end of the lame duck Congress in January. The vote was announced by Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright before the House Oversight Committee, where he was testifying on the federal response to autism.

September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2012) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) that would require the Department of Defense to review TRICARE policy for the children of military families, including those with special needs.

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August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2012) -- An interim TRICARE policy change affecting ABA benefits for military families fails to provide the level of coverage that was ordered by a federal judge in a class action lawsuit in July.

July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2012) -- A federal judge in Washington has handed military families a major victory in their pursuit of insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for their dependents by ruling in a class action lawsuit that the Department of Defense's (DoD)  policy of limiting benefits to active duty members was "arbitrary and capricious."

June 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) -- A Senate Armed Services subcommittee sharply questioned representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) today on why they offer limited autism insurance benefits to military families, particularly in light of the federal government's decision to begin coverage for the nation's 8 million civilian employees, retirees and dependents.

June 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2012)  -- Patricia Kime of MilitaryTimes.com reports on the House vote approving Rep. John Larson's amendment to upgrade TRICARE insurance benefits for autism therapies. Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks' associate director for federal government affairs and military relations, called the Larson amendment "a huge step forward for helping those who are vulnerable."

June 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded Congressmen John Larson (CT-1) and Walter Jones (NC-3) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would assure military families receive necessary therapies for dependents who have autism.

May 23, 2012

NEW YORK (May 23, 2012)  -- Autism Speaks has developed a fact sheet with Frequently Asked Questions regarding the TRICARE autism benefits amendment sponsored by Rep. John Larson  (CT-1) that was approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The FAQs are here.