Autism Speaks | Governor McAuliffe Joined by Virginia Advocates for ABLE Signing | April 14, 2015 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Governor McAuliffe Joined by Virginia Advocates for ABLE Signing April 14, 2015 ARLINGTON – Governor Terry McAuliffe was joined by advocates from the disability community for a signing ceremony for Virginia’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability- related expenses. Virginia became the first state to enact the …

Autism Speaks | Virginia Becomes First State to Enact ABLE Program in 2015 | March 20, 2015 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Virginia Becomes First State to Enact ABLE Program in 2015 March 20, 2015 RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAullife signed Virginia’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2306 to allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses, becoming the first state to enact the legislation since the federal ABLE Act was signed in December …

Autism Speaks | New Study Finds Autism Insurance, Mental Health Parity Laws Helping Fa .. | July 28, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

New Study Finds Autism Insurance, Mental Health Parity Laws Helping Fa July 28, 2012 NEW YORK – Autism Speaks hailed the release of a new study that documents the cost savings for autism therapies for families who live in states with autism insurance reform or mental health parity laws.  Led by Brandeis University Professor Susan Parish, …

Virginia Autism Insurance Reform Heads to Governor’s Desk  | Feb. 27, 2015 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Virginia Autism Insurance Reform Heads to Governor’s Desk  February 27, 2015 RICHMOND- The Virginia General Assembly voted overwhelmingly today to provide autism insurance coverage to thousands more children across the Commonwealth. With the end of the 2015 session looming, the Senate voted 36-0 to pass HB 1940. It was then sent quickly to the House of …

Autism Speaks | Bill To Improve VA Insurance Law Wins Autism Speaks Endorsement (PDF Avail.) | Jan. 14, 2015 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Bill To Improve VA Insurance Law Wins Autism Speaks Endorsement January 14, 2015 Autism Speaks today endorsed HB.1940, legislation that would improve Virginia's 2011 autism insurance reform law by eliminating the age 6 cap on receiving benefits. The bill is sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason (R-Loudon) [pictured with Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state …

Autism Speaks | Military Families Stage Rally to Keep ABA | July 21, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Military Families Stage Rally to Keep ABA VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (July 21, 2013) -- Military families gathered in Virginia Beach over the weekend to start a petition drive urging Congress to require better insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for autism. WAVY, the NBC affiliate in Hampton Roads, VA, reported on the rally. The rally …

Autism Speaks | New ABA Licensing Rules Finalized | Sept. 19, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

New ABA Licensing Rules Finalized September 19, 2012 RICHMOND (September 19, 2012) --The Virginia Board of Medicine has finalized emergency regulations for licensing ABA providers, removing a hurdle for Virginia families trying to access ABA care as a result of last year's autism insurance reform law. The new state licensure regulations were signed and become effective …