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Five More ERISA Employers Volunteer Autism Coverage In Health Plans

November 07, 2014

NEW YORK -- Autism Speaks has learned of another five employers that will voluntarily offer coverage in their employee health benefit plans for autism treatment, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The companies each offer self-insured plans that are regulated under federal ERISA law and therefore are exempt from autism insurance reform laws enacted in 37 states.

“There’s been a huge spike in the number of companies offering coverage,” Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs, recently told

“Employers have been very receptive,” Unumb said. “In the self-funded world, many companies pride themselves on having excellent benefits to stay competitive.”

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The new employers include:

Bloomberg BNA
Arlington, VA

A wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg, Bloomberg BNA, provides legal, tax, regulatory, and business information for professionals. It employs more than 2,500 reporters, correspondents, and practitioners to provide expert analysis, news, practice tools, and guidance.

It began in 1929 as the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.


South San Francisco

Founded in 1976, Genentech Inc., is a biotechnology corporation which became a subsidiary of Roche in 2009. It employs about 11,146 people and has been inclued on Fortune Magazine's "100 best Companies To Work For" list for 16 years.


Beaverton, Oregon

Nike, Inc. is a multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. With 44,000 employees, Nike is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel.

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
Cambridge, MA

With 3,000 employees in Cambridge, NIBR is the global pharmaceutical research organization for Novartis, conducting research on innovative medicines to treat disease and improve human health. 


T. Rowe Price

Founded in 1937, T. Rowe Price is a global investment management organization that was managing $731.2 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014. With 5,372 employees, the organization serves individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of investment planning and guidance resources.