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U.S. House Passes Health Insurance Reform Bill Containing Provision for Autism Insurance Reform

November 08, 2009


The provision, introduced this past July by Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will prohibit discrimination in benefits against people with autism by including behavioral health treatments as part of the essential benefits package.  The bill must now be passed by the U.S. Senate.


Don't forget to go to send a thank you note to Rep. Mike Doyle!

Autism Speaks Applauds Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell For Signing Into Law The Strongest Autism Insurance Reform Legislation In The Nation

July 09, 2008

NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2008) -- Autism Speaks today commended Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for signing into law the most comprehensive autism insurance bill in the nation. The new law provides $36,000 a year for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other necessary treatments, and goes beyond many state insurance reform measures by mandating coverage up to age 21 with no lifetime cap.

Pennsylvania Senate Banking & Insurance Committee Holds Hearing on HB 1150

April 02, 2008

(Harrisburg, PA - April 2, 2008) The most important day for autism insurance coverage in Pennsylvania took place yesterday, when the Pennsylvania Senate Banking & Insurance Committee, chaired by Senator Don White, held a three hour hearing yesterday on House Bill 1150. This bill seeks to require insurance companies to provide health care coverage for autism-related services.
Panelists selected to testify in favor of HB 1150 included:

PA Autism Insurance Bill Senate Hearing Set for APRIL 1, 2008

March 19, 2008


(Harrisburg, PA - March 19, 2008) The most important day for autism insurance coverage in Pennsylvania is swiftly approaching in Pennsylvania!

On April 1, 2008 at 10 AM, Capitol Building Complex (Harrisburg), Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building, the Pennsylvania Senate Banking & Insurance Committee will conduct a public hearing regarding the merits of HB 1150.

Autism Speaks Applauds Speaker Dennis O'Brien and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Passage of Historic State Autism Legislation

July 17, 2007

(HARRISBURG, PA - July 17, 2007) Autism Speaks today lauded Speaker Dennis O'Brien and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing landmark autism legislation and called on the State Senate to follow suit. The bill (HB 1150), introduced by the Speaker, would create a new “Autism Spectrum Disorders Coverage” provision of the Pennsylvania insurance law.