Wednesday, November 25, 2009
If we want autism insurance in Michigan, the next 2 weeks are going to be absolutely CRITICAL! Please be watching your email regularly and be ready to do everything you possibly can to help us be successful in this effort.
To get everyone updated about where things stand, House Bills 4183 & 4476 passed the House on June 24 and were sent to the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee, one day before the legislature ended for the summer. When the legislature returned in Sep., the only thing they were working on was the budget. The budget crisis wasn't resolved until the end of Oct. The Senate resumed regular business on Nov. 2 and then went on break Nov. 12 for 2 weeks. They will resume session again on Dec. 2, but have only 1 week that is definitely scheduled and a second week that is tentatively scheduled - then they will end session for the year. So, if we want our bills passed this year - our time is NOW!! We must be ready and willing to put everything we have into this effort over the next couple of weeks!
What You Can Do to Help!
What we need you to do now is to write a letter to the editor of your local paper/s. We need to generate as much media coverage as we can. Below is a sample letter, but please use your own words. All letters submitted must be original and usually are required to be 200 words or less.
Again, please be watching for more alerts in the coming days and weeks and be prepared to take action. The next alert will be coming Monday evening or Tuesday morning with our next steps for action.
AIM Position Statement
2) all people with ASD should be covered, regardless of age.
3) Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as any of the pervasive developmental disorders as defined by the most recent edition of the DSM.
4) this coverage should include treatments as prescribed or ordered by the insured's treating physician or psychologist and that no insurer may deny coverage for an individual based solely on the fact that the individual is diagnosed with an ASD.
5) covered treatments shall not be subject to visit limits.
6) there should be a provision for an expedited arbitration process if an insurance company denies coverage or changes coverage status.
7) coverage should not be construed as limiting access to benefits or other services that are otherwise available to an individual.
List of Supporting Organizations as of 4/23/10
Ann Arbor Families for Autistic Children's Education and Support
Autism Advisory Group
Autism Insurance in Michigan (AIM)
Autism Resource Network
Autism Society of America
Autism Society of America - Oakland County Chapter
Autism Society of Washtenaw County
Autism Society of WestShore
Autism SpeaksAutism Alliance of Michigan
Behavior Analysts Association of Michigan
Detroit Medical Center
Elder Disability Rights Association Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Family Chiropractic Clinic
First Capital Directories
Fravel Financial Services
GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Womens Club
Glenn Buege Chevrolet
Henry Ford Health System
Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor & Social Connections, Inc.
Michael James Associates
Michigan Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals
Michigan Association of IntermediateSchool Administrators
Michigan Association of School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of School Psychologists
Michigan Association of School Social Workers
Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health
Michigan Nurses Association
Michigan Pharmacists Association
Michigan Secondary School Principals Association
Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association
Middle Cities Education Association
Monroe IntermediateSchool District
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Michigan Chapter (member of Partners for Parity)
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section
The Abilities Center
The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District