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Autism Insurance Cancelled In Arizona

Autism Insurance in Arizona Abandons Families

Can an insurance company deny treatment for autism in Arizona?

Not now but that could change soon. If  you are presently covered you may get a notice that you’ve had your autism insurance cancelled.  Progress was made in 2009 with what was know and “Steven’s Law” but it looks like there may be a step back in the future.

The National Conference of State Legislatures

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 20-826.04, § 20-1057.11, § 20-1402.03 and § 20-1404.03 (2008 Ariz. Sess. Laws, Chap. 4; HB 2847 of 2008)

Require policies issued by certain health insurers, beginning July 1, 2009, to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, with some limitations. Coverage for autism treatment may not be excluded or denied and dollar limits, deductibles and coinsurance cannot be imposed based solely on the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. Coverage for medically necessary behavioral therapy services may not be excluded or denied and is subject to a $50,000 maximum benefit per year for an eligible person up to the age of 9 and a $25,000 maximum benefit per year for an eligible person who is between the ages of 9 and 16 years.

At the moment a bill (SB 1593) to void this legislation has passed in Arizona.

If you can please sigh the petition to veto the legislation.

If you previously signed this petition on The Child Health Site, your signature has been sent to Governor Jan Brewer. If you know someone who is interested in this cause, please direct them to sign the petition! Thank you!

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Arizona Legislature Backs Insurance Companies - Abandons Families of Autistic. photo wikimedia - wars

Families living and dealing with autism are facing yet another threat against their insurance coverage. A bill was recently passed in Arizona that would now require families to pay for autism treatments and care largely out of pocket. SB 1593 would nullify previous legislation that allowed families to be reimbursed for autism therapies.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has the power to stand up for families living with autism by vetoing this legislation. If she doesn’t, many families will be left with few options as to how to cover their autism therapy costs.

Ask the Govenor to veto the legislation.

An insurance company can deny coverage on treatment for autism under this bill. Under these circumstances a patients would be required to pay for their treatment from their own funds.

Thereby making autism therapy unaffordable by most families.

Do you believe this bill will be casting a great burden on families of autistics and society as a whole?

Would it be better to have treated autistics to be productive members of society instead of dooming them to the life of domestic vegetation?