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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

California Assembly Shelves Insurance Mandate

Autism Speaks has sent out an action alert on the California mandate:

Thank you so much for all of your hard work over the last few months. As you know, we were working hard to have AB 171, the autism insurance reform bill, pulled from the suspense file in the Assembly Appropriations Committee so that it could continue through the legislative process this year.

The Committee met last Friday, May 27, 2011 and it decided to defer all matters relating to health insurance coverage until 2012, including AB 171.

One way you can help NOW for a stronger initiative in California next year is to get more people involved with Autism Votes.

Here is How YOU Can Help:


One way that we will have a stronger initiative next year is to have more people in California making calls and sending emails in each district - statewide. You can help by asking people you know to participate. Think outside of the "autism box" and involve your extended family, neighbors, co-workers and friends by asking them to register at

2) Stay Tuned! We know this is disappointing but we are not giving up. Working together we will achieve autism insurance reform in California.

For more information on the California autism insurance reform initiative visit

Shelley Hendrix
Director of State Advocacy Relations
Autism Speaks