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Federal Judge Rules for Military Families on ABA Coverage

July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2012) -- A federal judge in Washington has handed military families a major victory in their pursuit of insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for their dependents by ruling in a class action lawsuit that the Department of Defense's (DoD)  policy of limiting benefits to active duty members was "arbitrary and capricious."

Senate Armed Services Grills DoD on TRICARE Autism Coverage

June 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) -- A Senate Armed Services subcommittee sharply questioned representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) today on why they offer limited autism insurance benefits to military families, particularly in light of the federal government's decision to begin coverage for the nation's 8 million civilian employees, retirees and dependents.

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

June 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2012)  -- Patricia Kime of 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 Lauds Congressmen Larson, Jones on Introduction of ‘Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act’

June 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded Congressmen John Larson (CT-1) and Walter Jones (NC-3) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would assure military families receive necessary therapies for dependents who have autism.

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.

Autism Speaks Salutes Advocate Jeremy Hilton on Winning 2012 Military Spouse of the Year

May 11, 2012

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NEW YORK, NY (May 11, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today saluted autism advocate Jeremy Hilton on being named 2012 “Military Spouse of the Year” after winning a competition hosted by Military Spouse magazine.