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ABA For Military Kids Bill Introduced In Congress

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.

'Lawmakers seek to expand Tricare autism therapy benefit:' Marine Corps Times

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."

Autism Speaks Salutes House Vote to End Insurance Discrimination Against Military Families Raising Kids with Autism

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.