Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Autism Speaks Makes Push for Insurance Coverage: You Can Help

Autism Speaks is urging parents and advocates to call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Red to "stop autism discrimination" by insurance companies.



According to Autism Speaks, "Autism insurance reform can and should be included in the final health care reform bill that President Obama has stated he will sign by the end of October. This is the time to end autism insurance discrimination once and for all. Our children have a medical condition which deserves appropriate treatment, therapy, and care. Congress needs to know that health care 'reform' that fails to stop autism insurance discrimination is unacceptable."

Here are three ways you can help:

1. Call Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid. Here are their phone numbers and a simple message that you can read or modify:

Speaker Pelosi: (202) 225-0100
Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

"Hi, My name is _______________. I am calling from (Your city, your state). I want you to know that health care reform that does not stop autism insurance discrimination is unacceptable. People with autism deserve coverage for the treatments and therapies that will help their medical condition. Thank you."

2. Send a message online. Add personal information about why this is an important issue for you and your family. Be sure to let them know that all children with autism from coast to coast deserve appropriate insurance coverage.

3. Forward this information to people by email, Facebook, Twitter, and listservs. Autism Speaks suggests forwarding it to at least 20 people who do NOT have a child with autism -- neighbors, extended family, coworkers, etc. -- and ask them to make these two calls for your child.

To stay updated on this initiative and more, register at autismvotes.org. If you want to make a difference for all children with autism (and their families), this is the most important thing you can do this week.
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