The Long Island Herald has named Michael Giangregorio their 2013 person of the year. Giangregorio is a JP Morgan Chase Vice President and co-chairman of our Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks but above all else, he is a father. Giangregorio and his wife, Alison, have two sons - the youngest, Nicholas, has autism. The challenges that come with raising a son with autism like paying for expensive therapy is what inspired Giangregorio to become an advocate and hero on behalf of all families with autism.
The Herald sites JP Morgan Chase's decision to provide autism benefits for employees on its companywide health insurance plan as his major accomplishment this year. In 2011, with the support of state Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. and Assemblyman David McDonough, Giangregorio successfully lobbied the NY Legislature to pass a law mandating that New York-based insurance providers to cover autism therapy. This was a monumentous victory for families of children with autism across the state. However, since JP Morgan Chase funds health care for its employees without an insurance company, the law did not affect them. This year, thanks in part to Giangregorio's hard work, Chase announced it will voluntarily offer its tens of thousands of employees autism insurance benefits starting in 2014.
In 2012, Giangregorio received the 2012 Good Works Volunteer of the Year Award and was recognized by President Obama. Autism Speaks would like to congratulate and thank Michael Giangregorio for his dedication to making life better for every family in our community.