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May 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2013) -- Autism Speaks today expressed disappointment with the terms of a one-year ABA pilot program for military families developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) through TRICARE and called on Pentagon leadership to take action.

May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2013) -- In its fourth annual survey of military families, Blue Star Families found widespread dissatisfaction among special needs parents in the military with medical, educational and housing services, including access to ABA. Of the 5,125 military families who responded, 19 percent said they were receiving special needs services through the military; of those, 36 percent cited autism as their child's disability.

April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2013) -- Critical questions regarding a one-year ABA pilot program ordered by Congress but yet to be created were left unanswered by TRICARE during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February 21, 2013) -- Rep. John Larson (D-CT) urged the Department of Defense to act "promptly" on legislation he sponsored last year requiring TRICARE to establish a one-year pilot program providing ABA coverage to all military families.

January 03, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (January 3, 2013) -- President Obama has signed bipartisan legislation creating a one-year pilot program expanding ABA care to all military families through TRICARE, the Pentagon's healthcare program, a critical first step in improving services for military families raising children with autism.

December 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2012) -- Congress has agreed to require ABA care for all TRICARE beneficiaries with autism through a one-year pilot program, less than the permanent change sought by military families and Autism Speaks, but an important step forward for improved care.

December 05, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (December 5, 2012) -- The U.S. Senate today approved a new Department of Defense budget bill that includes an amendment improving ABA benefits for the 23,000 military families raising children with autism.

November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2012) -- The Senate today approved a bipartisan amendment  that would improve access to ABA care for the nation's 23,000 military kids with autism.

Sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the vote marked the first Senate vote on the issue and was a critical step forward in getting action completed before the end of the lame duck Congress in January. The vote was announced by Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright before the House Oversight Committee, where he was testifying on the federal response to autism.

September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2012) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) that would require the Department of Defense to review TRICARE policy for the children of military families, including those with special needs.

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August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2012) -- An interim TRICARE policy change affecting ABA benefits for military families fails to provide the level of coverage that was ordered by a federal judge in a class action lawsuit in July.