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We have stood by long enough when it comes to the rights of our children. It is time that we take action and demand to be heard. Please contact your legislators and let them know the issues you face and what you want them to stand for.

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Legislators’ Websites and Contact Information:

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• Assembly Democrats
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EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATORS AND ASSEMBLYMEN TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 1563: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_1551-1600/sb_1563_bill_20080222_introduced.pdf

This bill would have the State set guidelines for how children with autism should be medically treated. A law exists that requires insurance companies to cover treatments for autism. They get around this by saying the treatment is experimental and a host of other excuses. I have experienced this first hand.

United Healthcare, a company that made $4.6 Billion in profit, made us go through a 5 month appeals process to get our son’s care covered. Now my husband’s employer switched insurance companies and we have to go through the same thing all over again. Help make these insurance companies abide by California law and provide autism coverage.

Here are links to email your Senators and Assemblymen:

Map to State Senate Districts:
If you click on your area on the map it will take you to your districts senator.http://www.senate.ca.gov/~newsen/senators/districtmaps.HTP

Map to State Assembly Districts:
If you click on your area on the map it will take you to your districts assemblyman.http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/districts/assemblydistricts.html

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The Bay Area ASD Advocacy Group, a group of parents of children on the spectrum advocating for better autism legislation, are currently investigating whether health insurors are complying with CA AB 88 (also known as The Mental Health Parity Law).

One way to assess compliance with this law is to document the ways that insurance companies are handling claims for clients on the autistic spectrum. We want to hear from you about your family’s experience in obtaining health care coverage for autism related treatments. If a claim was denied and you took it to the CA Department of Managed Care, how did that experience go?

Please keep it brief, a one to two page summary would be ideal. Your contact information is not necessary, but the name of your insuror would be appreciated. We will be passing this information on to the Calfiornia Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. The commission is currently developing state-wide policies on autism.

Please email information on your experiences to Karen Fessel at karenfes@sbcglobal.net or Rachel Norton, at rpnorton@hotmail.com. Feel free to e-mail us if you have questions.

[This website would also like to get your submissions, so we can share them with other parents who can learn from your experiences. Please email stories@insurancehelpforautism.com if you would like your story posted. All submissions will be kept anonymous.]

Thank you for taking the time to share you experiences.