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VIDEO: Why North Carolina Needs Autism Insurance Reform Now

August 04, 2014



(August 4, 2014) - Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs Lorri Unumb was interviewed on WBTV of North Carolina about the status of the autism insurance reform bill in the state senate. The bill would make Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) available to thousands of families in the state. 

Legislation requiring the coverage has twice passed the state House of Representatives, but continues to languish in the Senate.

Poll results indicate that 82 percent of North Carolina voters support requiring private health insurance companies to cover the treatment of autism. 

ABA is an intensive, one-on-one treatment that, according to decades of research, can help nearly half of young children with autism achieve normal functioning. 

Unumb recently appeared on WRAL-TV's "On The Record"  in a debate with Michelle Douglas, a spokeswoman for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of North Carolina over the coverage of ABA. 

Autism Speaks recently posted a blog series that came straught from families in N.C. who need autism insurance reform. Read North Carolina stories here.