WASHINGTON, DC (October 10, 2013) -- Autism Speaks today issued autism-specific resources to help families understand the Affordable Care Act and the new changes that will affect health insurance coverage, beginning in 2014. These resources are a prelude to the “Autism Speaks Insurance Link,” a new interactive web tool Autism Speaks will unveil shortly to help families determine whether they are eligible for autism benefits under their current coverage.
“We understand that choosing a health insurance plan can be complicated,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “This is especially true for the autism community, where existing coverage often does not meet families’ needs and those with autism spectrum disorder face benefit and coverage gaps.”
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These new comprehensive resources will help ensure that families have access to accurate information about health insurance coverage and include:
- An easy-to-understand summary of the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions
- A guide to the provisions that impact the autism community, such as allowing children to remain on their parent’s coverage until age 26 and the coverage of preexisting conditions
- Factors to consider when shopping for health insurance coverage
- A series of fact sheets on new insurance reforms, Health Insurance Marketplaces, and Medicaid expansion
“The Affordable Care Act offers new health insurance options and we hope these materials will be useful in making the best choice for those with autism spectrum disorder and their families,” Feld added. “More than ever, we are committed to ensuring that every family affected by autism, everywhere in the country, has the information, resources, and access it needs to care for its loved ones.”
The release follows the first week of open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces in every state and comes ahead of major insurance reforms that will go into effect in 2014.
Individuals, families, and small businesses can explore their new options, learn whether they are eligible for financial assistance, and enroll in coverage through their Marketplace until March 31, 2014. To learn more about the Marketplaces or how coverage will work in your state, visit healthcare.gov or call the national hotline (available 24/7) at 1-800-318-2596.