LANSING, Mich. (December 3, 2010) Autism Speaks today expressed great disappointment regarding the Michigan Senate's failure to approve autism insurance reform legislation.
"Today is a sad day for tens of thousands of people in Michigan with autism and their families, the result of a misguided fiscal decision that will actually cost taxpayers $14 billion in the coming years and will continue to subject children with autism to the discriminatory practices of the insurance companies. Autism Speaks thanks those legislators who supported this effort in both the House and Senate, including Representative Kathy Angerer (Dundee), Senators Randy Richardville (Monroe) and Tupac A. Hunter (Detroit), and Representative Brian Calley (Portland), Michigan's lieutenant governor-elect, who was instrumental in helping persuade his colleagues of the need for the legislation. We will not stop fighting until every child with autism in Michigan has access to the treatments they need and deserve.
'While we are extremely disappointed that the Senate has opted to maintain the status quo, we are pleased that this important issue has risen to the forefront through our efforts to educate and inform state leaders. We will continue to work for what is fiscally responsible and can save Michigan's autistic children from lifelong dependency. We look forward to continuing to stand up for Michigan's children on this important issue in the next phase of a multiple-step journey."