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Are Feds Snubbing Citizens without Autism Insurance?

Legislation Covering Autism Insurance From Tricare Goes to the U.S.Senate

Meanwhile a great part of the nation is denied insurance or experiences costly delays.

Frenzied parents of autistic children work tirelessly to protect their children from disease.  It can be unnerving dealing with all the barriers to jump in order to get autism therapy for children. It may take years before a child gets into a program. These are precious years.

WUWM’s reporter Ann-Elise Henzl writes about how many parents are feeling the pressure as time passes and their children don’t get the therapy that could change their lives.

The characteristics of autism disorders are communication and developmental delays. Some autistic children can catch up with their peers, through speech therapy and learning to recognize social cues. They also may be able to keep up academically, with extra help…

The key is to start early, according to Erin Raber of Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin. It provides the lion’s share of local behavioral therapy for autism…

“ We’ve done stats and we’ve found out that if you spend one dollar now in early intervention, you save seven dollars later, in institutionalization, continuing special ed services, and everything else,” Raber says.
Mercy Cruz attests to the benefits. She says her 6-year-old son Jacobi has made great strides…

It took a couple years, though, for Jacobi’s therapy to begin. Cruz says at first, she had to get on a waiting list for a state waiver. It provides Medicaid dollars to cover services. Families can apply if they don’t have insurance covering autism treatment. Wisconsin law demands autism coverage in plans, unless an employer is small or not based in Wisconsin. Haley and Darin Grebe also experienced a wait before their 6-year-old son Apollo could start therapy, because they did not immediately realize he needed it.

You can read more on Jacobi’s story. It’s a good one. Many children are not so fortunate. Things should be better.

U.S. Senate John B Larson

U.S. Senate John B Larson helping military families obtain autism insurance

There is hope. CTNEWS Junkie reports that legislation is going to the U.S.Senate mandating coverage for autism therapy. for families in the military. Elizabeth Bowling tells of legislation calling for improved coverage of autism for families in the military.

A teary-eyed military wife and mother of an autistic child thanked U.S. Rep. John B. Larson Tuesday for introducing legislation that calls for better coverage of autism…

TRICARE’s insurance coverage for military families has a reputation for setting a nationwide standard of care for medical conditions from breast cancer to traumatic brain injury, Kenyon said. The federal program now has another opportunity to provide the best practice in medical care for thousands of military children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder like her five-year-old daughter…

Judith Ursitti, director for state government affairs for Autism Speaks, said before this bill passed the House some military parents signed up for additional tours of duty so as not to lose access to the treatment their autistic children needed…

Read more details on the bill.

Coming from the military and feeling blessed to live in a country with such protection is afforded we can’t help but offer applause. Yet we have to ask, Does everybody in the nation have to sign up for the military to get care for their children?

Do you think it’s a government that is just trying to take a step in the right direction or a government taking care of government and leaving citizens to eat cake?

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