Wednesday, December 2, 2009

IMMEDIATE ACTION ALERT: CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW! There is only a few days left in Lansing in 2009 to get our legislation passed. There will be a Senate Whip Count over the next couple days--a whip count is an unofficial vote to determine how many senators want Autism Insurance legislation to pass this year--and THAT COUNT will determine whether or not Autism Insurance legislation will get a hearing, be voted out of committee, and ultimately be passed in the Senate.

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR TONIGHT AND THURSDAY!

THIS IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE! CALL TONIGHT TO LEAVE A MESSAGE AND IF YOU CAN, FOLLOW UP AND CALL BACK THURSDAY!!!!

Call your Senator and say, "I would like you to vote YES on Autism Insurance Legislation (House Bills 4183 and 4476)".

CLICK here to FIND YOUR SENATOR AND THEIR PHONE #.

SEE BELOW FOR LIST OF SENATORS AND PHONE #'S.

(If you are unable to determine who your Senator is, call Secretary of the Senate at (517) 373-2400.)

SENATORS:

Allen, Jason
(517)- 373-2413
Anderson, Glenn S.
(517)-373-1707
Barcia, Jim
(517)-373-177
Basham, Raymond E.
(517)-373-7800
Birkholz, Patricia L.
(517)-373-3447
Bishop, Michael
(517)- 373-2417
Brater, Liz
(517)-373-2406
Brown, Cameron
(517)- 373-5932
Cassis, Nancy
(517)- 373-1758
Clark-Coleman, Irma
(517)-373-0990
Clarke, Hansen
(517)-373-7346
Cropsey, Alan L.
(517) 373-3760
Garcia, Valde
(517) 373-2420
George, Thomas M.
(517)-373-0793
Gilbert II, Judson
(517)-373-7708
Gleason, John
(517)-373-0142
Hardiman, Bill
(517)-373-1801
Hunter, Tupac A.
(517)-373-0994
Jacobs, Gilda Z.
(517)-373-7888
Jansen, Mark C.
(517)-373-0797
Jelinek, Ron
(517)-373-6960
Kahn, Roger MD
(517)-373-1760
Kuipers, Wayne
(517)-373-6920
McManus, Michelle
(517)-373-1725
Olshove, Dennis
(517)-373-8360
Pappageorge, John
(517)-373-2523
Patterson, Bruce
(517)-373-7350
Prusi, Michael
(517)-373-7840
Richardville, Randy
(517)-373-3543
Sanborn, Alan
(517)-373-7670
Scott, Martha G.
(517)-373-7748
Stamas, Tony
(517)-373-7946
Switalski, Michael
(517)-373-7315
Thomas III, Samuel Buzz
(517)-373-7918
VanWoerkom, Gerald
(517)-373-1635
Whitmer, Gretchen
(517)-373-6960

AIM BIO:

AIM is comprised of over 3000 residents of Michigan who have pledged their support in passing the autism insurance legislation in Michigan. The sole aim of AIM is to pass autism insurance legislation in Michigan with the help of those 3000+ members.

AIM Position Statement

It is our position that
1) legislation should be passed in the state of Michigan that will require insurance companies to cover diagnosis, treatment, and services for all people wiht Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
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

ACT Network

Ann Arbor Families for Autistic Children's Education and Support

Autism Advisory Group
Autism Alliance of Michigan
Autism ASK

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

Beaumont Hospitals

Behavior Analysts Association of Michigan

Detroit Medical Center
DTE Energy Company

Early InterventionCenter

Easter Seals

Elder Disability Rights Association Section of the State Bar of Michigan

Family Chiropractic Clinic

First Capital Directories

Forestview Lanes

Fravel Financial Services

GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Womens Club

Glenn Buege Chevrolet

Henry Ford Health System

HOPE Network
Image One Corporation

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 PTA

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
Rehmann CPAs Troy, MI

The Abilities Center

The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
The Children's Center of Wayne County

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Wayne County

If your organization is not on this list and you would like to show your support, please email your organization name and your contact information for verification to traveltrio@verizon.net Thank you!



Jim Bouder's Testimony 6/9/09

Espinozas' Testimony 6/9/09

Kathy Angerer interviewed by Fox Detroit

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