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ABA And Licensing: Why It Matters For Your Insurance

The implementation of autism insurance laws has been frustrated at times by demands that practitioners of applied behavior analysis (ABA) gain a state license before their services can qualify for reimbursement -- even in states that do not have licenses for behavior analysts. The Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center joined recently in a lawsuit that successfully overturned such a demand in California. Dan Unumb, executive director of the center, weighs in.

On The Road: Targeting States

As Charlie Daniels would say, “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.”  Notwithstanding that my own home state of South Carolina was an early leader in autism insurance reform, several Southern states are still lacking insurance coverage for autism treatments.  As such, the Autism Speaks Advocacy Team has hit the road down south!  We’re working in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi as well as a handful of other states scattered around the country. 

Putting The 'U' in Advocacy

Michelle Todd is President of the University of Minnesota Autism Speaks U chapter and has a 17-year-old brother on the autism spectrum. Last spring, she participated in a webinar covering Autism Speaks’ mission, including Advocacy.  During the webinar, she discovered the Advocacy department was offering summer internships and that Shelley Hendrix, the director of Grassroots Development, lives in Baton Rouge, LA where she was headed. She applied immediately for the position.