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July 09, 2015

Governor Ige has signed the Hawaii ABLE savings program act, HB 119, to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses.

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July 08, 2015

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Autism Speaks, and National Disability Institute (NDI) are very pleased that the U.S. Department of the Treasury timely issued proposed regulations for the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act).

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July 07, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a new FY16 budget which includes funding that adds more housing vouchers, provides community services to people waiting and increases rates for personal care.

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July 07, 2015

In a major legal victory for Nebraska families, a state court judge, John Colborn, has ruled that Nebraska is obligated to cover medically necessary treatments for children affected with autism. An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid.

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July 01, 2015

Illinois lawmakers failed to find a budget resolution before the fiscal year ended on June 30th and now thousands of residents including those with developmental disabilities like autism face uncertainty for supports and services.

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July 01, 2015

As part of the 2015 Autism Speaks Leadership Summit at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, Senators Bob Casey and Richard Burr, Representatives Ander Crenshaw, Pete Sessions, and Chris Van Hollen have been recognized for their leadership in passing the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act.

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June 30, 2015

Washington, DC-- After the 2015 Autism Speaks Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, newly trained advocates from across the country met with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to ask for support of H.R. 6, better known as the 21st Century Cures Act, to accelerate the rate of medical innovations.

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