Sunday, February 10, 2013
SB55 Insurance Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder
From The Salt Lake Tribune: "SB55 covers children through age 17, with a benefit of $50,000 a year for those through age 8 and $25,000 for older children."
Insurance companies are fighting this mandate, even though a study of mandates in five states showed that the average premium increase was only 31 cents per member per month.
Many of us know someone with autism. My nephew is on the spectrum, and it has been so hard to see how much his parents have to fight to get coverage, therapy, and treatment. The Affordable Care Act has made great strides to ensure children with autism or other diseases cannot be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions, but there are still gaps in coverage for many families. The Utah Autism Coalition rallied at the Capitol on Thursday to show their support for this bill. They set up a ball pit containing 18,532 colorful balls. Each ball represented a Utah child with autism.
If you support this bill, please contact your Senator to urge them to vote for this bill.
(Picture found on the Utah Autism Coalition Facebook page)