Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We are still alive... but we need your help!

Dear Autism Advocate,
Your calls have been heard! Today was a busy day in Lansing, spent educating the Michigan senators and answering their questions about the legislation. Tomorrow is the day we will find out if Sen. Mike Bishop is going to be moving the legislation out of committee and to the floor for a vote. All indicators are looking goof that this is going to happen tomorrow. However, we still need your help! It's not over yet!
We need constituents in key districts to not only call their senator but to come to Lansing tomorrow! We need people sitting in the galley above the Senate floor as the Senate is voting. The opposition is all here in big numbers, where are the parents? Be here and share in this history-making day.

Especially needed are constituents from Oakland County, Sturgis, Lenawee County area, Algonac, Grand Rapids area VanBuren and Berrien counties, Holland, Calhoun and Jackson Counties, Upper Peninsula, Midland, and Alpena County.

We need people to meet the Senators as they are walking into caucus at 9 am, and we need people to stay through the day as they do a caucus whip count and then the floor vote. 
 We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that the Senate hear from you and many, many others from your district on Wednesday! Please continue to make calls to any and all of the Senators, if you are unable to come to Lansing tomorrow. 


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 traveltrio@verizon.net Thank you!

Jim Bouder's Testimony 6/9/09

Espinozas' Testimony 6/9/09