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Larson, Rooney Statement on New CDC Autism Data

March 27, 2014
Press Release
Studies Show 1 in 68 American Children Living with Autism

Washington - Today Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest data showing 1 in 68 American children are now living with autism:

“Autism presents families across the nation with unique challenges. These families and children deserve access to the care and services they need,” Larson and Rooney said in a joint statement. “With 1 in 68 American children having an autism diagnosis, it is clear we must work together to address challenges that touch millions of families, including those currently serving in our military.

“Over the past several years, we’ve heard from military families that have children with an autism diagnosis who are concerned with access to treatment under their current coverage. Today’s announcement further reinforces the need for Congress to work together towards improving access and coverage of evidence-based treatment services for these families, many who are actively serving their nation.

“We plan to reintroduce legislation in the near term aimed at expanding access to treatment vital to the development of our children and the wellbeing of our military families.”

Congressman Larson has joined Congressman Rooney in introducing several provisions in the House to expand access to behavioral health treatment for military families under TRICARE, including the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act (H.R. 2288) in the 112th Congress.