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Poverty For Americans With Disabilities Rises, Now Double U.S. Rate

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) -- As unemployment and poverty decline across the nation, both indicators for Americans with disabilities are now double the national average and poverty is on the rise, a Senate committee reported today. The release of the U.S. Census Bureau statistics prompted renewed calls on Congress to pass the ABLE Act to dramatically increase the private resources available for adults with disabilities to pay for their housing, medical, transportation and other needs.

Senate HELP Committee Reschedules Meeting for September 7


The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has announced that it has rescheduled a hearing on the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) for September 7. The meeting had been scheduled for this Wednesday Aug. 3, a date that unfortunately landed in the midst of the debt ceiling debate which has consumed Congress for much of the summer.

The Power of a Legislative Champion

February 04, 2010

(February 4, 2010) -- The Missouri autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 618, faced two days of debate on the floor of the State Senate this past week. The bill’s sponsor, Missouri State Senator Scott Rupp, fought incredibly hard against opposition and amendments that sought to weaken the bill. Thanks to Senator Rupp’s passionate and well prepared arguments in support of this bill, SB 618 passed its second reading and was perfected (meaning no more amendments can be added).

Senate Subcommittee Approves Funding for CAA

June 21, 2007

(WASHINGTON, DC - June 21, 2007) The Senate Labor Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Committee today approved full funding for the Combating Autism Act as part of its fiscal 2008 spending bill. Specifically, the bill provides $53.5 million for programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration.