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Why I advocate for Direct Support Professionals… guest blog post was written kit peterson grandmother young man the autism spectrum she advocate for fair pay for the direct support professionals who have become family people like her grandson despite how difficult was accept our familys reality all jumped support karla jonathan received every service available occupational speech and physical therapies special education and … hundreds others who are impacted begins right albany but can reach far beyond new york state must raise our voices behalf group who often cannot speak for themselves they are our grandchildren they need direct support professionals who can afford …
Virginia passes legislation to expand autism insurance mandate… coverage for the diagnosis and treatment autism spectrum disorder for children ages two six under stateregulated large group plans 2015 passed legislation that raised the age cap ten years old this year the state legislature has passed … care for individuals with autism all ages under stateregulated large group plans starting january 2020 appreciate the support our legislative champions and the growth bipartisan support over our ten years autism insurance work virginia and are grateful for the collaboration and determination the …
Utah autism insurance mandate expanded! … 2014 requiring coverage for the diagnosis and treatment autism spectrum disorder under stateregulated individual and large group plans however this coverage was limited children ages 210 years old coverage for behavioral health treatments … including applied behavior analysis aba was also limited 600 hours per year approximately 115 hours per week thanks the support the utah state legislature and governor these restrictions coverage for autism have been removed effective january 1 … cover the diagnosis and treatment autism claims for autism coverage caused premiums increase excess 1 are grateful for the support the legislative champions and local advocates that helped achieve this milestone access meaningful and medically …
Idaho becomes the 47th state to require autism insurance coverage!… together families with children who have autism health advocates and state officials celebrate increased acceptance and support for individuals with autism the ceremony began with governor brad littles proclamation signing recognition the month … coverage for individuals with autism the bulletin issued the idaho department insurance requires all individual small group and large group insurance plans cover evidencebased treatment for autism including applied behavior analysis idaho became the 47th …
Autism & Disparities: Addressing the Needs of Underserved Communities… asianamerican and native american communities within the united states recognizing the diversity that exists within groups the panelists did not speak behalf all members their larger communities however their voices provide testimony how … the lives people who are also affected social and economic disparities associated with belonging racial ethnic minority group autism speaks committed addressing these disparities advocating for passage the autism cares act 2019 increased autism … underserved communities well partnering with the council and sesame workshop new public awareness campaign appreciate the support advocates like our panelists and congressional legislative champions providing the vision and opportunity discuss …
COVID-19 survey reveals widespread challenges for autism community and wider disparities for minority communities … the autism community are struggling even more particularly with basic needs minority respondents who made about half the group surveyed reported more struggles with variety needs related the pandemic basic needs daily routines and education the largest disparities were the areas food insecurity and receiving distance learning supports with nonwhite respondents experiencing twice the food insecurity white respondents and twice likely not receive any distance learning supports food insecurity was measured food for the household having run out and families not having enough money buy more …
Tennessee Autism Insurance Reform Update… uhc and cigna have voluntarily added coverage for aba many their fully insured plans this means that 93 large group plans 84 small group plans and 63 individual plans the fully insured market tennessee now cover aba for autism you are not certain whether … can advocate your employer add the benefit please refer autism speaks selffunded employer toolkit for tips and materials support your efforts you can get meeting with your human resources department discuss member the autism speaks government …
Autism Speaks commends Tennessee as it becomes 50th state requiring that insurance plans cover autism… autism august 1 the tennessee department commerce and insurance issued bulletin requiring all individual small and large group plans cover medically necessary care for autism including applied behavior analysis aba people with autism and their … spectrum and throughout the life span for the needs individuals with autism and their families this through advocacy and support increasing understanding and acceptance people with autism spectrum disorder and advancing research into causes and …
2021 Advocacy Highlights… our advocacy team pursued policy solutions throughout this year that protect the rights and enhance the services and supports for people with autism and their families today celebrate the policy milestones and accomplishments that your support helped achieve 2021 supporting the community during covid19 the country continued grapple with covid19 this year … and their families result congress hearing from our volunteer advocacy ambassadors community supporters other disability groups and grassroots advocates from across the country the american rescue plan was passed and signed into law early 2021 …
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