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ABLE PROGRAMS

In December of 2014, the ABLE Act was signed into law by President Obama to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. As stated by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, "some have called the ABLE Act the most significant piece of legislation affecting the disabled since passage of the American Disabilities Act nearly 25 years ago.” The bill was supported overwhelmingly in both chambers of Congress and by both parties across the aisle. This accomplishment took nearly a decade to achieve, with countless hours of negotiations and with the dedication of thousands of advocates. ABLE accounts, modeled after 529 college savings plans, now require state implementation. Autism Speaks advocates are working tirelessly to ensure that the programs are available to families across the county.

Helpful ABLE Links:

10 Things to Know About the ABLE Act

Bob Wright Talks ABLE Act, Google on Fox Business

https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/bob-wright-talks-able-act-google-fox-business

How the Passing of ABLE is Giving Hope to Our Families 

Motivational Speaker Talks ABLE Act, Wandering and Living with Autism 

NY Times Highlights ABLE Act for Disability Savings

Advocates and Legislators Celebrate ABLE Passage

Speaking Out For ABLE

 

Autism Insurance Reform

Nationwide, increasing numbers of private insurance companies and other employee benefit plans are covering autism therapies. Yet many insurance companies continue to refuse coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is considered the standard of care for autism treatment, on the basis that it is "experimental" or "educational." Autism Speaks is working to change state insurance laws to require private health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. In addition, we are stepping up our outreach to major employers who self-fund their health plans to voluntarily offer coverage.

Click on your state in the map below to learn more about autism insurance reform!

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GREEN - States (41 + District of Columbia; US Virgin Islands) with enacted autism insurance reform laws

States pursuing autism insurance reform in 2015

States not currently pursuing autism insurance reform

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