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Monday, March 7, 2011

Arkansas Governor Signs Mandate

On Friday, Autism Votes reported:

NEW YORK, NY (March 4, 2011) – Autism Speaks joined Arkansas families today in applauding Governor Mike Beebe for signing into law House Bill 1315, now Act 196. This new law requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Sponsored in the Arkansas House by State Representative Uvalde Lindsey (District 88) and escorted through the Senate by Senator Mary Anne Salmon, Act 196 includes coverage of behavioral health treatments, such as ABA therapy. The law includes a maximum benefit for ABA therapy of up to $50,000 annually until the individual reaches age 18.

“We thank Governor Beebe for signing HB 1315 into law,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “This enactment allows Arkansas to join the growing number of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on individuals diagnosed with autism and their families.”