Monday, November 29, 2010


Dear Autism Advocate,
We have an AUTISM EMERGENCY! Today is the turning point in the efforts to pass meaningful autism insurance reform legislation in Michigan, but we need your help!

The Michigan House of Representatives passed autism insurance reform legislation last year. Now the Michigan Senate must do the same, but they have only 3 days to get it done! Join Lt. Governor-Elect Calley in saying "We will no longer remain silent" by taking action TODAY! 
1. Call Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop TODAY and ask him to give autism insurance legislation a vote on the floor this year!  Senator Bishop's phone lines need to be flooded with polite, persistent calls asking him to provide principled leadership to pass autism insurance reform legislation now!     
                 Senator Mike Bishop     (517) 373-2417
2. Call the list of Senators who are currently uncommitted first thing Monday morning!
phone email iconThen call the Senators below and ask them to, first, vote to give autism insurance reform a floor vote this session and, second, vote yes to pass autism insurance reform legislation. Be polite, but persistent. Follow up your call by posting on your Senator's Facebook page. If he/she is a supporter, thank them for their support. If he/she is undecided, urge them to support it. Keep it simple, just one line.

Patricia Birkholz           517-373-3447 
  Cameron Brown          517-373-5932 
 Nancy Cassis              517-373-1758 
 Tom George               517-373-0793 
 Jud Gilbert                 517-373-7708 
 Bill Hardiman              517-373-1801 
 Mark Jansen               517-373-0797 

Ron Jelinek                 517-373-6960 
Roger Kahn                517-373-1760 
Wayne Kuipers            517-373-6920 
Tony Stamas               517-373-7946 
Liz Brater                    517-373-2406 
Irma Clark-Coleman     517-373-0990  
Michael Prusi               517-373-7840 
3. Ask everyone you know to call their senator as well. Please forward this e-mail to friends, family, teachers, neighbors, therapists - anyone and everyone - and ask them to take five minutes on Monday to call. Ask that they follow their calls by commenting on the Senator's Facebook page.

4. Come to the State Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday to let the members of the Senate know how important this is. We will be meeting in the Capitol Rotunda at 8:30 am sharp. Please be there if at all possible!

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that the Senate hear from you and many, many others from your district TODAY!
Please take time to call today and ask for their support. Stay tuned for updates by visiting our Facebook page here or .

Thank you for standing up for Michigan families dealing with the challenges of ASD!
  • Parents, families and advocates have been working tirelessly, educating legislators about the realities of autism, the effectiveness of treatments, the lack of insurance coverage and the fiscal realities the state will face if they fail to address this issue. Lt. Governor-Elect Brian Calley vowed to "no longer remain silent" releasing this video in support of our efforts. We urge you to watch the video, share it with friends across the state of Michigan, and then take action!
  • Tune in today, Monday 11/29 at 10:30am on WJR, 760am to hear Lt. Gov.-Elect Brian Calley and Steve Bockmann of My Great Kid speak about the autism insurance legislation on "The Frank Beckmann Show".

Please visit Autism Insurance in Michigan, Autism Votes, My Great Kid or the AIM Facebook page for updates.  Patience is a virtue. Persistence gets the job done.
 Let's pull together next Monday and advocate for successful passage of autism insurance reform legislation for the families of Michigan this year!
With gratitude,


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