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New York Becomes 29th State to Adopt Autism Insurance Reform


Autism Speaks has applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing one of nation’s strongest autism insurance reform measures into law and defended his action in letters-to-the-editor published in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

We are excited that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law one of the most comprehensive autism insurance reform measures in the nation, Assembly Bill 8512. This new law requires insurance companies to provide coverage of critical autism therapies for both children and adults. Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and representatives from New York’s autism community gathered for the bill signing at the Governor’s Office in Albany. For a fact sheet on the new law, go here.

Sponsored in the New York Assembly by Assemblymember Joseph Morelle (D-Monroe) and in the Senate by Sen. Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Nassau,) the new law will provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). It will take effect in 12 months – on November 1, 2012 – and allow up to $45,000 a year in ABA treatments with no limits on age or number of visits.

From left, Sarah Milko, UNYFEAT; Susan Hyman, M.D., from U of Rochester (ATN site); Paige Pierce, NYSFT; Jan Campito, ASA Albany; Neil Pollack, Anderson Center; Bob Wright, Co-founder, Autism Speaks; Suzanne Wright, Co-founder, Autism Speaks; Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks; Assemblyman Joe Morelle, Bill Sponsor; Jim Fahey, Autism Speaks N.Y. Advocacy Chair; Mike Smith, FAIR Autism Media; John Gilmore, Autism Action Network; Peter Bell, Autism Speaks

  1. Thays Spierto
    November 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | #1

    Good news..:)

  2. roxanna bledsoe
    November 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm | #2

    Will Texas sign the Bill?

  3. November 2, 2011 at 2:42 am | #4

    but does the reform say that it only applies to in state insurance poilcies or for all policies in state and out of state. in illinois, the mandate only includes in state policies-which sucks.

  4. November 3, 2011 at 10:14 am | #5

    This is great news. I am so happy for the state of New York. You should be proud of your legislators who forged this to fruition.

  5. Michelle Frugia
    November 4, 2011 at 10:24 am | #6

    I doubt Texas will sign the bill. They don’t even know how to budget our education budget. I am so happy for New York…they are going in the right direction.

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