autism

Rae Chandler-Iao

Honolulu Council Spending; Lt. Governor-Elect Green; Oysters; Patsy Mink Statue

Wayne Yoshioka

They represent one percent of Hawai’i’s public school population and their parents want them to be the best that they can be. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has their story.

Legislation Heading for Friday Deadline

Apr 6, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A legislative deadline is looming and supporters of a number of bills are rallying at the Capitol to let lawmakers know they want their measures heard and passed.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

There are two bills advancing in the state legislature that would require health insurance providers to cover treatments for autism. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Town Square: Autism

Feb 5, 2015

For parents of autism spectrum kids nationwide, the big issue after diagnosis is where to get treatment and how to pay for it…and Hawai‘i is no different in that…with this exception: Hawai‘i is NOT one of the 38 states with legislation to make sure autism diagnosis and treatment are covered by insurance. That may change if one of a pair of bills moves to a successful conclusion this session. Our panel tonight: Big Island Sen. Josh Green MD, Lorri Unumb, the head of state government affairs for the New York-based non-profit Autism Speaks. And Neurodevelopmental pediatrician Ryan Lee from Honolulu’s Shriners Hospital.

Legislature Addresses Autism This Session

Mar 20, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Autism is on the rise in the U-S and Hawai’i.  The cost for local families and taxpayers … is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions and lawmakers are trying to address it. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.