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Autism Therapy Insurance Coverage Not Enough

Updates show progress in autism insurance coverage.  Is it enough to coverage for autism therapy?

There have been some good news reports in the advancement of autism therapy. Autism awareness and advocation has helped improved the availability of insurance for autism spectrum disorders. Yet there is still plenty of work to be done.

The need for more information on autism and what causes autism is needed. The need is felt by communities all over and some are responding. Like the autism walk at Bergen Community College, in Paramus, New Jersey, reported by Chris Harris on NorthJersey.com.

In total, the walk around the campus raised more than $500,000 — money that will go directly to autism research, education, advocacy, and family services, Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr said.

“This is an epidemic that people weren’t talking about seven years ago,” Roithmayr said, adding that over 5,000 people participated in Sunday’s walking event.

“Seven years ago, only one state offered health insurance to families affected by autism,” Roithmayr said. “Alaska will soon become the 31st, but we will not stop until every family has insurance.”

Read more of this successful event.

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We need more and more turnouts like this to support autism awareness

With Alaska soon to be the 31st state to mandate insurance coverage for autism related therapy. That’s good news. Yet there are many states leaving parents of autistic children out on an island.

With the increase in autism awareness and research we are now able to diagnose autism at younger ages. That’s good news too. Early intervention during developmental stages are critical for controlling autism.

Many more parents are learning about their child’s autism at a vital time in their development. This knowledge, although debilitating, allows them to prepare for the road ahead. It gives them comfort that although disaster has hit there is help and there is help.

Applied Behavior Analysis has proven to be effective in limiting the effects autism spectrum disorders. Yet so many of these parents are being denied the help for their child because insurance companies are denying coverage of autism.

Its cruel and completely heartless to not be sensitive to what these families are going through. 50 years ago autism was barely present. Today practically one person in every classroom is afflicted with some sort of autism spectrum disorder.

New parents today are facing not so calming odds when bring children in the world. The chances of their child being diagnosed with autism is alarming. News of the diagnosis can be paralyzing. Sending parents into an emotional shock full of denial and anger, complete with remorse, guilt and blame.

Loving parents are being torn into desperate advocates for their child’s health. The hammer hits when they learn that expensive insurance premiums do not cover therapy for their uninvited tragedy.

It gets even worse, when families are faced when paying for autism therapy out of pocket they learn that therapy sessions could be necessary for several hours a day. The cost for autism therapy can often end up being more money than the parent earns.

What is the cost to society? For every child that slips through the cracks and doesn’t receive autism therapy during the developmental stages of life another person loses their independence. A child will grow up depending on someone to take care of them. What if there is nobody to take care of them? Does it become the obligation of society and the state?

If the state takes over then the child is a future dependent on taxpayers. If the child’s family takes ownership then that too will also tax society. Any parent who has the compassion and dedication to take care of their children is a valuable member of society with a lot to contribute. To burden these individuals with the care of a developmentally disabled individual is to remove them from direct contribution to society as well. In this case we in a sense take the independence from the autistic ally afflicted and the caretaker(s).

Don’t you think if early intervention reduces the effects of autism should be mandatory. Does failure to treat autism early cause lifelong dependency? Wouldn’t it be more productive to provide autism therapy insurance to individuals and give treatment where treatment is required?

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