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Map of United States with all states, except Tennessee, shaded green to indicate 49 states' coverage of autism.
Advocacy News
4.25.2019

Wyoming becomes 49th state to require coverage of autism

On April 19, 2019, Wyoming became the 49th state to address autism insurance coverage in state-regulated plans.
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Advocacy News
4.9.2019

Autism & Disparities: Addressing the Needs of Underserved Communities

This congressional briefing marked one of the many necessary conversations about how autism is experienced by different populations.
New Mexico Governor with autism families
Advocacy News
4.2.2019

New Mexico passes landmark legislation for autism insurance coverage

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed landmark autism insurance legislation.
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Advocacy News
4.1.2019

Utah autism insurance mandate expanded!

On March 26, 2019 Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 95 into law, which expands Utah’s autism insurance mandate.
2020 Budget written on a red puzzle piece
Advocacy News
4.1.2019

Fiscal year 2020 budget proposal eliminates funding for key programs serving people with autism

The administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal eliminates funding for key programs serving children and adults with autism.
A young man stands in front of his new home, surrounded by his family, friends, and carers.
Advocacy News
3.5.2019

EMPOWER Care Act introduced to Congress

EMPOWER Care Act introduced to extend and improve the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through 2023.
Virginia state flag
Advocacy News
3.5.2019

Virginia passes legislation to expand autism insurance mandate

The Virginia legislature has passed legislation to expand the state's autism insurance mandate to include transition-age youth and adults diagnosed
Press Release
2.8.2019

Autism Speaks commends congressional action to reauthorize Autism CARES Act

Legislation receives bipartisan support to fund autism research, monitoring and services benefiting individuals and families affected by autism
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Advocacy News
2.8.2019

#WhyAutismCARES Campaign

Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act. Snap a photo to show why you care about Autism CARES!
Woman and young child with autism in wheelchair in front of White House
Advocacy News
2.8.2019

Why we care about Autism CARES

On February 7, Congress introduced S.427/H.R.1058 to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act which is the foundation of federal efforts on autism research,
Texas state capitol with cowboy statue in front of building
Advocacy News
2.1.2019

Medicaid coverage for Texas children with autism

The Texas state legislative session has begun, along with our advocacy efforts to ensure autism coverage for Texas children on Medicaid!
A young man stands in front of his new home, surrounded by his family, friends, and carers.
Advocacy News
1.27.2019

Money Follows the Person Program is extended!

The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 was signed into law, extending the Money Follows the Person Program for 3 months.
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Advocacy News
1.15.2019

New York Governor announces coverage of medically necessary treatments for children with autism

Autism Speaks applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inclusion of coverage for medically necessary treatments for children with autism spectrum
"2018" in blue writing
Advocacy News
12.31.2018

2018 Advocacy Highlights

With the support of autism advocates, Autism Speaks' Advocacy Team pursued policy solutions for individuals across the spectrum and throughout the
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Advocacy News
11.5.2018

#AutismVotes: Vote on Tuesday, November 6th

The 2018 midterm election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. While 2018 is not a presidential election year, there are many federal, state,
Screening
Advocacy News
11.1.2018

New CPT codes approved for ABA

The new CPT codes provide recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA) that ABA is an empirically supported medical intervention. Proper
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