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Autism Votes

May 04, 2016

The Autism Speaks science and advocacy departments presented a briefing on Capitol Hill for Congressional Members and their staff on “The Human Genome and Precision Medicine: Research Developments in Precision Medicine and Autism.” The event was held in coordination with the Congressional Coalition on Autism Research and Education.

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May 04, 2016

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed HB 768, which establishes an ABLE program in Georgia. The bill received unanimous support from the Georgia legislature.

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April 28, 2016

Advocates from across the state celebrated a victory yesterday as the Oklahoma State House of Representatives gave final approval to HB 2962, autism insurance reform. The legislation would prevent state regulated health insurers from continuing to exclude basic, evidence-based care for children diagnosed with autism.

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April 27, 2016

South Carolina’s ABLE legislation, H. 3768, has passed both chambers of the state legislature and is now headed to Governor Nikki Haley for her signature. The bill was passed unanimously in the House, 102-0, and in the Senate, 41-0 during April, Autism Awareness Month.

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April 26, 2016

The Bipartisan Disability Caucus recently hosted a briefing on the importance of employment for individuals with disabilities with colleagues from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Department of Labor.

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April 22, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf signed SB 879, the Pennsylvania ABLE Act, which enables individuals with disabilities to create tax-preferred Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The legislation received unanimous support earlier this month.

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April 18, 2016

The Oklahoma State Senate passed HB 2962, autism insurance reform legislation, to prevent state regulated health insurers from continuing to exclude basic, evidence-based care for children diagnosed with autism.

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April 14, 2016

Advocates celebrated this week when the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed S.2614, safety and wandering legislation known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, by a vote of 15 to 5. The legislation aims to safeguard individuals who have autism or other conditions that may cause them to wander away from caregivers.

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