Thursday, June 4, 2009


The hearing in the Health Policy Committee on Tuesday, 6/2/09 was very positive overall. To see testimony, go to TESTIMONY. Most of the testimonies were given by invitees of Kathy Angerer and Marc Corriveau, as well as by some parents. The discussion afterwards with legislators was positive as well. It is important for anyone who lives in the districts of those Health Policy Members, please email thanking them for listening to all the testimony and thank them in advance of their support of these bills. AIM will be posting new info soon as we get it as to the next step, likely another hearing soon and we hope to have a vote that will get this legislation out of committee! See list below of Reps and their district numbers, please- if you live in their district, thank them! If you need assistance finding out if you live in their district, please go to FIND LEGISLATOR

Marc R. Corriveau (D), Committee Chair - 517-373-3816
Kate Segal (D), Majority Vice-Chair - 517-373-0555
Jim Marleau (R), Minority Vice-Chair - 517-373-1798
Richard Ball (R) - 517-373-0841
Brian N. Calley (R) - 517-373-0842
Hugh D. Crawford (R) - 517-373-0827
Cindy Denby (R) - 517-373-8835
Kevin Green (R) - 517-373-2277
Tim Moore (R) - 517-373-8962
Paul Scott (R) - 517-373-1780
Barb Byrum (D) - 517-373-0587
Andy Coulouris (D) - 517-373-0152
Marie Donigan (D) - 517-373-3818
Bert Johnson (D) - 517-373-0144
Lesia Liss (D) - 517-373-2275
Andy Neumann (D) - 517-373-0833
Roy Schmidt (D) - 517-373-0822
Mike Simpson (D) - 517-373-1775
Dian Slavens (D) - 517-373-2575
Mary Valentine (D) - 517-373-3436
Jimmy Womack (D) - 517-373-0589


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 Thank you!

Jim Bouder's Testimony 6/9/09

Espinozas' Testimony 6/9/09