Don't Cut Autism Coverage!
  • Petitioned Minnesota Department of Human Services

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Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Governor

Don't Cut Autism Coverage!

    1. Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC Amy Dawson
    2. Petition by

      Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC Amy Dawson

      Minneapolis, MN

Autism is treatable! All children who have autism should have affordable access to effective, medically necessary care for autism. DHS should act to ensure that both public health care programs and private insurance cover treatment for autism.

DHS has issued a proposal to change how Medical Assistance (MA) covers autism. Under the proposal, children who have autism would be routed into a 1915(i) waiver to access treatment, services and supports. Early intervention would be available only to children under the age of 7. Once children turn 7, children would have to access therapeutic treatment through their public school district. (To read the proposal and commentary on it, please go to www.autismlawcenter.com/blog.

The Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC, is strongly opposed to the age cap as well as to the idea that children should be limited to school based services. Medical Assistance is intended to provide coverage for treatment based on medical necessity. Recent court decisions have made it clear that this means that coverage must include treatment prescribed by a child's treating clinician.

The DHS proposal to limit early intervention to children under the age of 7 is bad policy. Limits to coverage should be based on functional need and medical necessity -- not on arbitrary distinctions.

Please join the Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC in petitioning the Minnesota Department of Human Services to ask them to revise their proposal. Medical Assistance coverge for children who have autism should be based on medical necessity and should include, at a minimum, coverage for evidence-based, clinically effective treatment.

Thanks!

Amy Dawson

Executive Director, Autsim Advocacy & Law Center, LLC

212 2nd St. SE, Ste. 220, Minneapolis, MN 55414

www.autismlawcenter.com

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Yay! We are making progress!! We need 300 more signatures by Tuesday!!

      Thanks to you we have nearly 500 signatures already! We need 300 more signatures by Tuesday and I know we can do it! Tuesday is the last day to submit written comments so this is our first big deadline.

      In response to our petition and advocacy efforts, DHS has agreed to make some changes to its autism reform proposal. DHS has agreed not to impose age caps on early intervention -- one of the key points for which we are fighting.

      Please help us obtain 300 more signatures by Tuesday -- please share this petition with your Facebook friends and family, and also through email.

      If you want to stay informed and involved, please sign up for Action Alerts and RSS feeds at www.autismlawcenter.com, or http://www.facebook.com/autismadvocacyandlawcenter. Thanks again!!

      Yours, Amy Dawson
      Executive Director
      Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Hannah Proell ST. CLOUD, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Somebody I really care about is diagnosed with autism.

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    • Rose Hanson DULUTH, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Three children we love have autism

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    • Elsie Rouse DULUTH, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Team Christopher

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    • amanda stark DULUTH, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Chris had been affected by this.

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    • Jody Lahner ROBINSON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Loved one with Autism

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