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April 06, 2012

NUTLEY (April 6, 2012) -- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said the recent autism prevalence study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was an "eyeopener," noting that the numbers for New Jersey were even higher at 1 in 49 and 1 in 29 boys. Autism Speaks Executive Vice President for Programs and Services Peter Bell called for a  national plan to address autism and urged Menendez to rally Congress against any cuts to federal funding.

June 24, 2012

TRENTON (June 24, 2012) -- "When the state Supreme Court five years ago ordered New Jersey and its insurer to pay for intensive therapy for a 5-year-old boy with autism, other families thought their days of piling up debt to get their kids treatment were over." Read more here.

This post is by Peter Bell is executive vice president for programs and services at Autism Speaks. He oversees the foundation’s government relations and family services activities and also serves as an advisor to the science division. Peter and his wife, Liz, reside in Pennington, New Jersey with their three children. Their eldest son, Tyler, has autism.
 

June 25, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (June 25, 2009) -- Autism Speaks today joined New Jersey families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the state Legislature for passing the autism insurance reform bill, (S-1651/A-2238), which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill now heads to Governor Jon Corzine’s desk for signature into law.

June 18, 2009

TRENTON, NJ (June 18, 2009) – Autism Speaks today joined New Jersey families, Autism New Jersey, and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the members of the State Senate for passing S-1651, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill passed the New Jersey Senate today in a vote of 35-0 and now heads back to the State Assembly for concurrence.

May 18, 2009

TRENTON, NJ (May 18, 2009) -- Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright today testified before the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee alongside Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr., parents of children with autism and other autism advocates in support of the state’'s autism insurance reform bill.

June 06, 2008

Trenton, NJ (June 6, 2008) -- New Jersey has become the latest state to address autism insurance reform legislation in its statehouse.  Assembly bill 2238 and Senate Bill 1651 will include coverage for therapies such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and evidence-based behavioral interventions, including applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based, medically necessary treatments.

January 16, 2008

(Washington, DC - January 16, 2008)  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce - Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Congressman Frank J. Pallone (NJ), held a hearing on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, investigating Medicaid's role in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

September 26, 2007

(September 26, 2007) On Sept. 26, the National Public Radio program "Morning Edition" broadcast a story about Jake Micheletti, a New Jersey boy whose parents succesfully sued their insurance company to force the insurer to cover Jake's therapy. The case eventually reached the New Jersey Supreme Court, which decided in favor of the Michelettis. Read the story and listen online at NPR.org.