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A Bumpy Road, Maybe, But Headed In the Right Direction

Posted Jan 27 2009 8:53pm

I’m over at 5 Minutes for Special Needs today sharing about a talk I attended last night related to the autism insurance bill passed last summer in Pennsylvania.

If this topic affects you, you may be interested to know that the PA Dept of Public Welfare has devoted a section of their website to the PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62). The goal is “to provide a central place to find information about the new Autism Insurance Act for family members, private health insurance companies, autism service providers and other stakeholders.”

On this site, you can find fact sheets, frequently asked questions, a list of information sessions that have been scheduled, and a mailbox to submit questions and suggestions for consideration.

Although I’m sure the implementation of this act will be a bumpy road, I know that we are paving the way for better treatment being available to children who are diagnosed with autism. I look forward to the day when I can tell a parent with a newly diagnosed child to just call their insurance company and request an evaluation to start ABA or other necessary treatments and services. (Am I being overly optimistic? You’ve gotta have dreams, right?)

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