We need you to attend the second Senate workgroup session on Monday, June 21st from 12-2 pm. The workgroup will be held at the Detroit Medical Center's Children's Hospital Auditorium. A link to a map and parking instructions can be found here. Parking is available in the garage for $2.50 or you can choose to valet park (also, for a fee).
Michigan's 15,000 children with autism do not have access to the medically proven therapies that can move at least half of them to normal function. While the cause and cure of autism are not known, these proven therapies are not covered by Michigan’s insurance companies. Of the savings, $200,000 per child would go to the schools over their school life.
That is why 22 states have rapidly passed this legislation and another 21 are on their way. Autism reform legislation equals at least $14 billion in savings to Michigan, $3 billion of that to the schools. It allows children a chance at a productive life and new jobs for health care professionals. Reform doesn't get much better.
We encourage the Michigan Senate to continue to provide leadership and move on this legislation before the summer recess.
Most Michigan Insurance Policies exclude coverage for medically proven therapies for children with autism. We are seeking to become the 23th State to pass insurance reform that would provide therapies including, but not limited to Therapeutic evaluations and interventions, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment for Young Children - Intensive early intervention, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Psychological Services, Psychiatric Services
The case for change is has been made and the time for action is NOW.