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Public Policy

Townhall Meeting re: ATAP and Medicaid Funding






Southern Nevada Townhall Meeting re: ATAP and Medicaid Funding




Public Policy

FEDERAL POLICY  :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Congress has passed and President Obama has signed the ABLE Act allowing the creation of tax-free savings accounts to pay for disability expenses! Now you or your loved one with autism will be able to save tax-free to pay for your disability-related housing, education, medical, transportation and other expenses. But first, your state needs to add ABLE accounts to its Section 529 program. Now limited to college savings accounts, these state programs now need to be expanded to include the new ABLE accounts. Urge your Governor to make ABLE accounts a priority in your state! Contact Governor Sandoval at http://gov.nv.gov/

Autism Cares Act formerly Combatting Autism Reauthorization Act
The federal funding law for autism, originally the Combating Autism Act enacted in 2006 and reauthorized in 2011, was renewed in 2014 for another five years as the Autism CARES Act. The original law was signed by President George W. Bush and the 2011 and 2014 bills were signed by President Obama. Total funding under the act should exceed $3 billion by 2019 for autism research, services, training and monitoring by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.  AUCD (Association of University Centers for Excellence on Disabilities)

More information on Federal Policy updates, UCED Centers, LEND Programs and more: www.AUCD.org


NEVADA POLICY  :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Insurance Coverage for Autism… are you covered?
Take a simple questionnaire here:  http://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/insurancelink

Medicaid Coverage Update ~ Applied Behavior Analysis treatment is mandated to be covered under Medicaid and will be enacted by October 2015

Nevada Commission on ASD ~ http://adsd.nv.gov/Boards/Autism/Autism/

Nevada Strategic Plan on Autism ~ Updates coming soon!

Who are my Nevada representatives and what is my district?

Nevada State Legislature Website:

NvLEND (Leadership and Education in Autism and Neuro-developmental Disabilities) Project:

For more information on receiving policy updates and how to support autism related issues, please contact the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services Aging and Disability Services Division: (888) 729-0571






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