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Autism Society of Ohio invites you to get involved in our Big Give for Autism (#AutismBigGive) on September 17.This is a day for you to provide real help for people and families living with autism.  Why should you get involved?  Consider these facts:

  • Every day 126 people are diagnosed with autism; that’s one person every 11 minutes.

  • Currently, there are an estimated 3.5 million people in the United States living with autism spectrum disorder.

  • People with autism and their families must navigate difficult systems, and many adults on the autism spectrum are denied basic civil rights, such as access to transportation, housing and jobs appropriate to their knowledge and skills.

For fifty years, the Autism Society has supported individuals with autism, their families, caregivers and friends as we advocate for better services and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. 

By supporting the Autism Society of Ohio, you join with thousands across the country to provide much-needed support for individuals with autism and their families. 

Sign up today to receive your Big Give for Autism (#AutismBigGive)(link to make the blue underlined words a hot link: https://autismbiggive.org/#sign-up) reminder email and then spread the word about the Autism Society’s giving day.  Everyone knows someone impacted by autism.  Let’s work together to enhance their lives, provide support and give dignity to those who for years have been socially isolated and overlooked.

Celebrate the Autism Society’s 50th Anniversary by getting involved in the Big Give for Autism (#AutismBigGive) on September 17.

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Status of Autism Insurance Legislation

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LATEST NEWS: Governor Kasich recently announced a new autism policy which will definitely impact whether new legislation is introduced around autism insurance coverage - and indeed may eliminate the need for legislation.  We are still working to determine the impact of the new policy, announced December 21, 2012.  Click HERE for an FAQ on the policy.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The 129th Ohio General Assembly is now over - it came to a close December 14, 2012.  Here  the status of the Autism Insurance Legislation - HB598 and SB381 - that was introduced this session

The House Health and Aging Committee held three hearings on the Autism Insurance Coverage bill - HB598 - Sponsor testimony (for those legislators sponsoring the bill) and then two sessions with Proponent testimony (for those in support of the bill).  Marla Root, Chair of the Autism Society of Ohio Public Policy Committee testified at both House proponent sessions - in the first providing general reasons for supporting the bill and in the second providing detailed information on how families are impacted, what funding streams are used to finance treatments and how families use state funding.  In addition, ASO Board Member Karen Melville (a parent) and Autism Society of SE Ohio President Noriko Kantake (also a parent testified).


The Senate Health, Human Services & Aging Committee held two hearings on the Autism Insurance Coverage bill - SB381 - Sponsor testimony and then one sessions with Proponent and Opponent testimony. The Proponent/Opponent session was to start at 2:30pm but did not end up starting until after 6pm. Noriko provided testimony for this session. Marla and Karen provided written testimony for this session.

All of the legislators at the two committee meetings asked very good questions and were interested in additional information about the legislation and issues related to the legislation.  However, time ran out for consideration of the bill in this General Assembly.

We are working with a committed core of groups interested in moving this legislation forward and we have been assured by the bills sponsors that the legislation will be re-introduced early in the next session.  We are already hard at work determining our strategy for the next session, getting information related to questions the legislators asked, updating testimony and lining up individuals to testify.

We appreciate all of your support - offering to testify, coming to hearings, contacting your legislators, sharing information on this issue - legislators want to hear from their local constituents and we wouldn't be successful without your help.  Getting legislation passed is a process - so don't be discouraged!  Excellent progress was made even if the bills did not make it to the chamber floors for a vote. 

 

 

 

Please take the opportunity after the holiday is over to contact your legislators about this issue.   We have a great What is Autism brochure on our website - click HERE.  Share how autism affects your family and the need for insurance coverage for autism treatments. 

To find out your legislators click HERE.

For an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on HB598 and SB381 that you can share with your legislators, click HERE.

 

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