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ASAN Releases New Resource On Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services

ASAN has released a new resource for its toolkit on health coverage for autism-related services. The resource, which is aimed at Medicaid plan administrators, will help plan administrators develop and expand coverage for autism services such as communication supports, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. ASAN released a resource on...

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Secretary Burwell Appoints ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to IACC

October 28, 2015 Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell’s appointment of ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates research and services programs within the Department...

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ASAN Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the nation’s leading advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, announced today its support for provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) that would help people with disabilities enter the workforce without risking total loss of social security benefits. ASAN opposes other provisions...

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ASAN Calls for Expanded Coverage of Assistive Communication Devices

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize tablets – such as iPads – as assistive communication devices. Many autistic people use speech-generation programs on tablets to communicate. Currently, people enrolled in Medicare can only get coverage for special speech-generation...

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Files Amicus Brief Challenging Discriminatory Denial of Health Care

On Monday January 26, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and 13 other disability rights organizations filed a second amicus brief in a case defending the rights of people with disabilities to basic medical care. Disability Rights Wisconsin filed the initial lawsuit, Disability Rights Wisconsin v. University of...

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ASAN Calls for Pardon for Neli Latson

Yesterday, Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man currently imprisoned in Virginia, pled guilty to assaulting a correctional officer in exchange for a six-month sentence – the statutory minimum. Although the Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the efforts of Neli’s attorney in this case, justice is still not served. We...

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