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September 2014


Medicaid: States Cannot ‘Delay Or Deny’ Autism Treatment

Federal government further clarifies directive on ABA benefits September 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (September 29, 2014) — The federal government has issued guidance to states emphasizing that they can neither delay nor deny medically necessary autism treatments, such as ABA, through their Medicaid programs for individuals up to age 21. The message was delivered in FAQs posted September 24 regarding the July 7 Informational

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Medicaid Coverage for ABA By States Accelerates

In response to federal directive, states adding ABA coverage, facing litigation September 15, 2014 NEW YORK (September 15, 2014) — In response to a July directive from the federal government to step up Medicaid-funded treatment for autism, a number of states are quickly moving forward to add benefits for behavioral health treatment. One state–Hawai’i–has been hit with a class action suit for failing to provide the coverage.

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Senate Announces Bipartisan ‘Path Forward’ On ABLE Tax-Free Accounts

Agreement on disabilities savings accounts emerges from Senate Finance Committee September 22, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) — The Senate Finance Committee announced that it has reached a bipartisan agreement to move the ABLE Act allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities. Congress is expected to take up the bill after it returns from the November mid-term elections. The agreement was announced

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How Wearable Technology Could Benefit Individuals with Autism

“Through technology, we can rewrite the future of autism.” September 26, 2014 (September 26, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, hosted more than 25 first spouses and dignitaries from around the world for the Seventh Annual World Focus on Autism to foster support for the international autism community. Participating nations discussed how innovation is turned into action —

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Q&A: Inspiration Behind Character with Autism on Parenthood

Autism Speaks interview with Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of the NBC hit series “Parenthood.“ In 2010, Autism Speaks did an interview with Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of the NBC hit series “Parenthood.“ The series features a main character with autism named Max Braveman. Read about Max’s impact on autism awareness since the show started here. 2014 will mark the series’ sixth and

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TRICARE Launches New Consolidated ABA Demo Program

Autism Speaks seeks input on changes from military families, providers September 22, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) — The Department of Defense has issued a new Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration program, which consolidates the current three TRICARE programs covering ABA for beneficiaries with autism. Autism Speaks is analyzing the new program and has requested input from TRICARE beneficiaries and ABA providers on the

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Bob Wright Talks ABLE Act, Google on Fox Business

Autism Speaks co-Founder stresses the importance of the ABLE Act for families of children with disabilities. September 11, 2014 (September 11, 2014) – Autism Speaks co-Founder Bob Wright appeared on Fox Business’ Varney & Co. to discuss the Autism Speaks genome project which involves a collaboration with Google, the imporatance of the ABLE Act for families of children with disabilities and embattled NFL player

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