Archive for May, 2010

Autism Healthcare Protection Act

May 12, 2010

Sorry for the lack of new posts lately. I intended to do several new posts throughout April, since it was National Autism Awareness Month, but as you can see I didn’t quite get that accomplished! Too busy living life I guess!

One thing I have been following with keen interest though this past month or two was the Autism Healthcare Protection Act, here in my home state of Minnesota. Around 20 or so states have been able to pass legislation that ends insurance discrimination against kids with autism. Minnesota has one of the highest rates of autism in the country, so it would seem to make sense to pass similar legislation here.

Thanks to the hard work of area autism advocates, the Autism Healthcare Protection Act gained approval in the Minnesota House, but last night all 6 members of the Minnesota Senate’s Health & Human Services Budget Division voted against it. So for now, there will be no end to insurance discrimination for our kids with autism this year in Minnesota. The Act is more or less dead for now.

You can read more about the Autism Healthcare Protection Act here. Interesting quote from this link, “this measure would have saved the state 3.6 million dollars by shifting the cost of therapy from Medical Assistance back to private insurance which should be paying for it anyway.” Who wouldn’t vote for this?

If you live in Minnesota, if might not be a bad idea to call the Senators that are listed in that article. Who knows…if enough people call, maybe they’ll change their minds?

I had the pleasure recently of interviewing Amy Dawson, a Minneapolis-area Attorney, who runs the Autism Advocacy & Law Center. In this interview, she explains more about insurance struggles families in Minnesota are facing.

And thanks to people like Amy Dawson…who use much of their time & talents to help families like mine. The battle might not be won yet, but with people like Amy on our side…we’re going to get there eventually.