Sunday, October 10, 2010

Call Mike Bishop Today!!

Dear Michigan Autism Advocate,

The effort to pass autism insurance reform legislation this year has reached a critical juncture. 

As you are already aware, autism insurance reform legislation passed the Michigan House of Representatives last year.  Stakeholders have been working diligently for several months to move the legislation through the Michigan senate.  Many of you have attended the public workgroup hearings held throughout the state.  Compelling testimony has been provided, indicating the incredible burden families are placed under attempting to provide life-changing autism treatment for their loved ones.  In addition, a strong fiscal argument has been provided, proving that the state of Michigan’s economic health is dependent on this much-needed reform.   As part of Michigan's much needed economic reform, this could save $14 billion of lifetime costs.
With the legislative clock ticking down, now more than ever we need senate leadership to provide principled leadership and move autism insurance legislation forward this year.  We simply cannot afford to wait.

Here'’s How You Can Help:
1.       Call Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and ask him to move autism insurance reform legislation forward now.  Please be polite when you call.  Ask for his principled leadership on this issue.  Let him know that autism insurance coverage means a great deal to your family and will also be the fiscally responsible thing to do for the state of Michigan.
Senate Majority Leader Michael D. Bishop      (517) 373-2417
If you happen to be sent to voice mail, please leave a message.

2.      Ask at least ten of your friends to call Senator Bishop as well.  Please note that they do not have to be personally affected by autism to make this call.  We need to flood Senator Bishop’s phone  with polite calls from concerned citizens, asking for his principled leadership on autism insurance reform.  There is strength in numbers.  The more polite calls Senator Bishop receives from concerned citizens, the more likely it becomes he will move autism insurance reform legislation forward this session.

3.      Stay up to date by visiting this page often in the next few weeks.  Register for advocacy alerts while you are here.  You can also visit us on Facebook for all the current happenings as things will be changing quickly! We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you contact Senator Bishop'’s office today.  Please take the time to call and ask everyone you know to do the same.  With 23 states now having enacted similar legislation, it’s time for health insurance to cover autism treatment for the families of Michigan!


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