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Rep. John Larson

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.

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."

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.

May 17, 2012

NEW YORK (May 17, 2012) -- Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy and science organization, today hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a bipartisan amendment that would assure all Department of Defense members of the military, regardless of their duty status, receive autism insurance benefits for their dependents.

May 17, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (May 17, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy and science organization, today hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a bipartisan amendment that would assure all Department of Defense members of the military, regardless of their duty status, receive autism insurance benefits for their dependents.