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  1. First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

    May 10, 2016- "First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer"- The first ABLE accounts are on the cusp of being available over a year and a half after the legislation was signed into law. Nebraska is the first state to announce a launch date – June 30 -- though advocates believe Ohio could offer its accounts even sooner. The availability of ABLE accounts for individuals with disabilities has been a work in progress for 10 years. For more on ABLE, check out our article “The ABLE Act- What It Is and Why It Is Important.”  

    • May 11 2016 12:45 PM
    • by brian
  2. Feds OK Intensive Autism Treatment

    April 12, 2016- "Feds OK Intensive Autism Treatment"- Despite the state’s reluctance, citing concern of potential cost, Nebraska Medicaid will cover applied behavior analysis and other behavioral modification services. Services approved for coverage include day treatment, community treatment aides, and outpatient therapy. Treatment models approved for coverage include cognitive behavioral therapy, comprehensive behavioral intervention, and ABA for children.

    • Apr 13 2016 09:10 AM
    • by brian
  3. Nebraska won't Appeal Ruling Expanding Auti...

    July 30, 2015- "Nebraska won't Appeal Ruling Expanding Autism Coverage under Medicaid"- Nebraska won’t fight a ruling from a judge that ordered Medicaid to start covering a potentially costly but effective treatment for children with autism. Despite the potential costs, state officials are ready to move forward with providing ABA and similar treatments if recommended by medical professionals. Last year, state officials estimated that over 2,300 children in the Medicaid program may need the treatment. Advocates of the legislation argue that treating children on the spectrum now can reduce future costs for supports and services.

    • Aug 03 2015 08:27 AM
    • by brian
  4. Judge: State Must Cover Medically Necessary Aut...

    July 1, 2015- "Judge: State Must Cover Medically Necessary Autism Services"- A Lancaster County judge has ruled that Nebraska must pay for autism services for the state's Medicaid-eligible children. In a 19-page order filed Tuesday, District Judge Colborn found a state Department of Health and Human Services Policy that excluded Medicaid coverage of ABA services violated federal law. The state has 30 days to decide if it wants to appeal, and services should be made available shortly thereafter if the state fails to appeal.  

    • Jul 06 2015 10:48 AM
    • by brian
  5. New Nebraska Law Provides Health Coverage for A...

    January 28, 2015- "New Nebraska Law Provides Health Coverage for Autistic Children, Advocates Hope Iowa Follows Suit"- On January 1st, Nebraska joined 37 other states that have adopted laws that require certain insurance companies to provide coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism. Now, Iowa is hoping to be one of the many states that receives similar coverage. Currently, Iowa laws only require insurance companies to provide autism related coverage for state employees. For non-state employees, the Department of Human Services provides some assistance in the form of funding up to $36,000 per-individual through their Autism Support Program. However, with a budget of $3 million some families aren’t able to take advantage of the assistance program.

    • Jan 30 2015 11:30 AM
    • by brian
  6. Autism: A Learning Process for All Involved

    June 5, 2013- "Autism: A Learning Process for All Involved"- This article discusses an autism program in a rural setting at Tri County Elementary. The article discusses the program’s staff including members with a background in special education and even a winner of Nebraska’s statewide “Friend of Autism” award. Nebraska is one of the few states that offers free services through the schools to students with autism.

    **Original article no longer available by publisher

    • Feb 12 2014 12:25 PM
    • by brian
  7. Senator Introduces Autism Insurance Bill

    March 1, 2013- "Senator Introduces Autism Insurance Bill"- Senator Colby Cash of Lincoln, Nebraska is sponsoring LB 505 which would require insurance plans to cover up to $70,000 a year in autism treatment.  The article includes the story of Andrea Beck and her son Traye who is three-year-old boy with autism who, with the help of autism therapy, has recently become verbal.

    • Apr 17 2013 10:18 AM
    • by brian
  8. Autism Bill Would Help Families Afford Treatment

    February 25, 2013- "Autism Bill Would Help Families Afford Treatment"- Chase Woodruff’s story is the catalyst for this article about autism insurance coverage in Nebraska. Senator Colby Cash is trying to pass LB 505, which is legislation that would mandate autism insurance coverage. The first hearing for LB 505 is scheduled February 26, 2013 before the Senate Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee.

    • Apr 16 2013 11:09 AM
    • by brian
  9. Nebraskan's App Helps Parents of Autistic C...

    January 18, 2013- "Nebraskan's App Helps Parents of Autistic Children"- A new application known as “MySocius” can be downloaded to a smartphone/tablet and is designed to help non-speaking children to communicate. The app was developed by Keith Allen who is a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha. The app generally retails for $24.99, but it is being offered free of charge to families of children with autism for a limited time.

    • Apr 04 2013 02:56 PM
    • by brian
  10. Autism Center Recognized for Employment Program

    September 10, 2012- "Autism Center Recognized for Employment Program"-  The Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc. (ACN) Connections employment program for adults with autism and other developmental disorders has been named a 2012 “Effective Program” by SEDL and the National Advisory Panel of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Project. The ACN works to support and enhance the quality of life of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders by offering employment services including creating individual profiles and career-planning assessments. ACN Connections has reached a 76% placement rate in supporting clients with ASD with finding competitive employment.

    • Mar 14 2013 09:25 AM
    • by brian
  11. Smartphone App Helps Children With Autism Commu...

    January 10, 2013- "Smartphone App Helps Children With Autism Communicate Better"- Keith Allen, professor of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has developed a smartphone application that has the potential to help children with autism to communicate more effectively. The MySocius Application promotes naturalistic teaching procedures to foster communication.

    • Apr 03 2013 12:12 PM
    • by brian
  12. Mom Organizes Special Santa Experience

    December 2, 2012- Mom Organizes Special Santa Experience-  Renee Kiernan, a mother of a child with autism, helped to organize a sensory-friendly Santa event at Santa’s Workshop. Parents were able to sign their child up ahead of time knowing there would be no large crowds, flashing lights, or loud music. The Autism Society of Nebraska-Omaha Support partnered with Kiernan to bring this special Santa experience to 300 children.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:36 PM
    • by brian