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Priorities for the Autism Community During this Time of Crisis

To address the effects of COIVD-19 on individuals and families, we are advocating for policymakers to quickly provide assistance to individuals on the
2019 Advocacy Highlights
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Autism Speaks 2019 Advocacy Highlights

With your support, we've pursued policy solutions for individuals across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan in 2019.
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FY20 Federal budget strengthens support for autism

On December 20, 2019, two appropriations "minibuses" were enacted, including wins for autism research and services.
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Connecticut lowers age at which transition services begin

Connecticut Governor Lamont signs bill to lower the age at which transition services begin from 16 to 14.
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Texas Medicaid adds coverage for autism

On June 15, Governor Greg Abbott signed a budget bill which included a requirement for Texas Medicaid to cover medically necessary care, including
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Advocates gather for 2019 Advocacy Forum

Advocates gather to learn about autism policy and share their stories on Capitol Hill!
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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EMPOWER Care Act introduced to Congress

EMPOWER Care Act introduced to extend and improve the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through 2023.
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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
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#WhyAutismCARES Campaign

Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act. Snap a photo to show why you care about Autism CARES!
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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,
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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!
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