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Selected newsworthy articles about ASAN’s actions and statements on matters of public importance can be found here. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN’s 2017 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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ASAN Opposes Tax Bill, Repeal of Individual Mandate

ASAN remains strongly opposed to the elimination of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and condemns the inclusion of repeal within the latest versions of the tax bills. The individual mandate helps make insurance more affordable, especially for people with disabilities. The...

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It’s time to get health insurance!

Open Enrollment has begun! Open Enrollment is the time every year when people who do not have health insurance through their job, and cannot get insurance through Medicaid or other programs, can apply for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at www.healthcare.gov. This year’s Open Enrollment period is...

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ASAN Statement of Support for Rosa Maria Hernandez

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network denounces the detainment and potential deportation of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy in Texas. Rosa Maria Hernandez was stopped at an immigration checkpoint while in an ambulance on her way to emergency gallbladder surgery. Immediately following her surgery, border patrol agents...

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Autistic People Deserve A Better Budget

ASAN condemns the final passage of the 2018 Budget Resolution, which would set the stage for tax cuts for corporations and the richest Americans by cutting $5 trillion dollars over the next decade from Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services that allow people with disabilities to live good...

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ASAN Condemns Senate Budget Vote

ASAN condemns the passage of the Senate budget resolution, which would cut $5 trillion dollars over the next decade from Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services that allow people with disabilities to live healthy and productive lives in our communities. Less than one month after the disability community...

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ASAN Condemns New Attacks On The ACA

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) condemns the multiple new attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from the Trump administration in the past 24 hours. These attacks undermine our health care system, will raise costs for everyone, and threaten the lives of people with disabilities. ASAN calls on...

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Thank you

Dear friends, At the start of last week, things were looking uncertain. Once again, the Senate was considering a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care act, gut Medicaid funding, and take health insurance away from millions of people. They claimed they had enough votes to rush the bill...

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TODAY: National Disability Call-In Day to Save Medicaid

Medicaid and waiver services are under attack. The most recent attempt at ACA repeal features cuts and caps to Medicaid that would cause serious damage to millions of people with disabilities. The Graham-Cassidy bill poses a threat to our community, and it needs to be stopped. ASAN is cosponsoring...

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ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on Getting Through to your Elected Officials

In February, we announced the release of our plain language toolkit, “They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials.” Now, we’re pleased to share our newly-created Easy Read version of this toolkit....

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