Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today is the FINAL DAY!

Dear Autism Advocate,
Today IS the FINAL DAY.
No matter what happens today in the Senate, we will end the legislative session this year knowing we have done our very best advocating for our kids and families across Michigan for the past six years since this legislative effort first began.
We have heard from the Senators that your calls are being heard! Hundreds of phone calls and emails per day! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your advocacy!
Today is the final legislative day of the year. We have been told that the Senate Republican caucus is discussing this legislation one more time at 10 am. If there is a majority of Senators interested in letting this legislation come for a vote, it will be discharged from committee directly to the Senate floor for a full vote. Once it gets to the floor, we are confident that we have enough votes to pass. The challenge is still getting it out of caucus in the morning.
Phone calls can never hurt at this point. The most important calls you make will be before 10 am, but until you hear that a vote has been cast, please continue to keep up the pressure.
We would also love to have a big group of people at the capitol tomorrow. if you are able to make it, please arrive by 10 am. We do not know how long the caucus meeting will last, and are being told that if it passes out of caucus, it will be the first thing to be voted on tomorrow.
Once again, we will be both seated in the gallery above the Senate floor, and outside the Senate session room, pulling undecided Senators off the floor and talking with whoever we can. Your help with this is critical.

Once again, thank you for your perseverance. This has not been an easy process, and we appreciate your sticking with us through the years and not giving up hope. Today is THE FINAL DAY. If you can't join us in Lansing, please join us in spirit, with positive thoughts, prayers, phone calls and emails. 

Thank you!


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