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Tune in to NBC Nightly News, Saturday, January 1

NBC Nightly News will air an interview Saturday with Peter Bell, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president for programs and services, as part of a segment on new laws that are going into effect on January 1, 2011. Bell will address autism insurance legislation that will become effective in eight states: Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada and New Hampshire. These vital new laws, which affect state-regulated plans, will require health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. To date, 23 states have passed autism insurance legislation. Autism Speaks is actively working to introduce new bills in an additional 15 states during the upcoming 2011 legislative sessions.

For more information on federal and state autism initiatives and to contact your legislators about much needed autism insurance reform, visit www.autismvotes.org

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  1. mitzi
    December 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I live in Utah and I am constantly trying to get help with my son with autism. The laws do not address this problem and we need immediate assistance. My husband lost his job and works on commission only and I went to work full time and have insurance but it does not pay for anything to do with Autism. Please help Utah to understand the urgency of this.

  2. elizabeth noel
    January 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I think its great but there are other states that need that as well like alabama

  3. natalee
    January 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I live in New Jersey and my son has been diagnosed with autism at the age of three. He is currently in a special education program in the public school system, but if i need any addtional assistance i have to pay out of pocket, and there are no fundings available.

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