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March 14, 2016

In a momentous week for autism advocates, the Oklahoma House unanimously approved the Achieving A Better Life Act (ABLE), HB 2821, with a vote of 93-0. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lee Denney will now be considered by the Senate.

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March 11, 2016

The Oklahoma State House recently passed, HB 2962, autism insurance reform to prevent state regulated health insurers from continuing to exclude basic, evidence-based care for children diagnosed with autism. The measure passed with overwhelming support, 76-20. The bill now heads to the State Senate.

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March 14, 2016

Last week, advocates in South Dakota applauded action by the South Dakota legislature to send Achieving Better Life Act (ABLE) legislation to Governor Dennis Daugaard for his signature.

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March 09, 2016

The Autism Safety Coalition (ASC) announced today its support of S. 2614, Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016, to address wandering incidents and fatalities in children with developmental disabilities.

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March 08, 2016

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York have introduced legislation to help families locate missing loved ones who have autism or other conditions that may cause them to wander away from caregivers. S.2614.

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March 03, 2016

Autism Speaks applauds the Department of Education for its action to address inequality in special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) aims to provide equity in the identification, placement, and discipline of all students with disabilities.

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March 01, 2016

The Office of Personnel Management, which manages the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), has directed its carriers not to exclude coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting next year.

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