Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Latest Updates!

The Next 2 Weeks are Critical!
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 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