Autism Speaks recognizes Iowa legislator as champion for our community

November 15, 2022
Autism Speaks staff Josh Cobbs handing puzzle piece shaped acrylic award to Rep. Meyer

On November 14, 2022, Iowa autism advocates joined us in recognizing State Representative Ann Meyer with an Autism Speaks 2022 Public Service Award for her leadership in helping to pass legislation that will provide additional consumer protections for those with autism.

Rep. Meyer led bi-partisan work during the 2022 state legislative session to enact HF 2167 which recognized autism as a behavioral health condition for the purposes of insurance coverage and reimbursement of therapies. This legislation was a priority for individuals with autism and their families since the policy change ensures that autism is protected by federal mental health parity law. As a result, this new legislation is helping secure coverage for a wider range of medically necessary care for autism. Rep. Meyer also championed improvements in the workforce for ABA providers and Registered Behavior Technicians. These improvements will help providers increase the accessibility of therapy for those with autism.

Access, affordability and quality of health care service are crucial factors influencing health outcomes for people with autism. We are grateful for Rep. Meyer’s tireless work on policies to improve the Iowa mental health system and to attract and retain providers in the state. This year’s policy changes will have a lasting impact on the Iowa autism community.

“I will not stop working to increase access to mental health care until every Iowan has the access to the quality care they deserve.” - Iowa Representative Ann Meyer

Iowa Rep Meyer standing in line with seven autism advocates

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