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January 09, 2013

COLUMBUS (January 9, 2013) -- Governor John Kasich conducted a ceremonial signing of his December order requiring coverage of autism benefits in the state's new health care exchange beginning in 2014. The order will also cover state employees once agreements are reached with the employee unions.

December 21, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (December 21, 2012) – Ohio Governor John Kasich has included coverage for the treatment of autism in the state's Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plan, drawing immediate praise from Autism Speaks. 

December 06, 2012

COLUMBUS (December 6, 2012) -- CBS10 reported on yesterday's packed hearings before House and Senate committees on Ohio's autism insurance reform bills. Read more here




December 05, 2012

COLUMBUS (December 4, 2012) -- NBC4 aired a segment, "Supporters Want Autism Aded  to Mental Health Parity Law" as House and Senate committee prepare for hearings on autism insurance reform legislation. Read more here

November 05, 2012

CLEVELAND (Nov. 5, 2012) -- Cleveland's NPR affiliate, WVIZ, examined Ohio's newly introduced autism insurance reform bills on its "The Sound of Ideas" program. The show featured Lorri Unumb, (right) Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs; House co-sponsor Rep. Nickie J.

October 25, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (October 25, 2012) -- Autism Speaks today endorsed bipartisan legislation that would make Ohio the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform. Bills introduced in the Ohio House and Senate would clarify that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) should be covered under the state's Mental Health Parity Act of 2007.

September 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (September 11, 2012) -- A coalition of over 50 disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, is hosting a non-partisan September 28 National Forum on Disability Issues where the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will have the opportunity to present their positions on disability issues and the public will be able to respond through a webcast.

Both the Romney and Obama campaigns have acknowledged the event; the level of their participation will be detailed closer to the event. 

Start Date: 
Tue, 2012-09-11 (All day)
End Date: 
Thu, 2012-09-13 (All day)

Participating Ruby Tuesday restaurants will give back 20% of the purchase to Autism Speaks on Sept. 11, 12 & 13. Print and present the attached flyer to receive credit. Bring family and friends to enjoy great food for a great cause!

House Bill 8 - Sponsored by Representative Ted Celeste (D-24) and Representative Nancy Garland (D-20)
October 08, 2010
  • Requires private health insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder
  • Coverage of treatments will be provided  when prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with autism by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary
  • In order to receive coverage, treatment must be provided by or overseen by a liscensed, certified, or registered provider