Autistic Children in Oklahoma Deserve Insurance Coverage: Nick's Law
Posted May 10 2009 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: Wayne and Robin Rohde sent this letter to the editor to several newspapers across Oklahoma in an effort to pass Nick's Law for autism insurance coverage. Take a look at Nick. Tell that beautiful boy his life isn't worth the cost of insurance coverage. Then prepare to take care of him for the rest of his life to the tune of millions of dollars. Don't be pennywise and lifetime foolish voters.
As the parents who have been at the forefront in trying to obtain healthcare coverage for the 6,500 children in our state with autism and who helped write Nick’s Law, we would like to set the record straight on this legislation.
Autism is a medical condition. It not only affects the child’s ability to speak, socialize and process information, but in many children, severe gastrointestinal issues, the central nervous system and the immune system are compromised.
Autism’s symptoms can be very mild to very severe. Autism is treatable and with treatment, many children can lose the autism diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism. The CDC has reported a utism is more prevalent than all pediatric cancers, diabetes and Aids, combined. In Oklahoma we lose a child a day to autism (450-500 year).
Nick’s Law requires private insurance companies to cover medically necessary and clinically proven medical treatments for children who have been diagnosed with autism by a licensed healthcare professional. Self-insured and federal employers are not required to abide by Nick’s Law. Small business owners may choose to opt out of coverage under Nick’s Law.