Stop cutting off medical coverage for Autism at age 9
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Stop cutting off medical coverage for Autism at age 9

    1. Mindy Armbrust
    2. Petition by

      Mindy Armbrust

      Doylestown, OH

I am the mother of four young children. My oldest is a magnificently quirky, confident, brilliant 8-year-old boy, named Linus, who just happens to have Asperger's Syndrome. 

Asperger's Syndrome is a form of high functioning autism, characterized by: difficulties with reciprocal social interactions (ie. carrying on a two-sided conversation); impairments in language skills (ie. forming sentences or questions correctly); narrow range of interests and an insistence on set routines; motor clumsiness; cognitive issues (ie. difficulties with problem solving, organizations, carrying out requests) and sensory sensitivities. 

Most autistic children require many different medicines and treatments such as Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills Training, Feeding Therapies, etc. For most, these therapies are vital, even through teen years, to help grow an individual capable of living as independently as possible. United Healthcare has a policy that stops medical coverage, relating to autism (including these therapies) at age 9.

Autism does not magically disappear at age 9, but United Healthcare and other insurance companies like it, believe that medical coverage for it should.

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    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Ohio is considering legislation to make private insurers cover Autism!

      Mindy Armbrust
      Petition Organizer

      Here are two links that describe the current legislation that was passed in the Ohio House a couple years ago and is currently being put to the Ohio Senate. This legislation would require insurance companies to cover medical benefits for disabilities, such as Autism.

      http://www.autismohio.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3712:autism-insurance-legislation&catid=305

      http://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/advocacy-news/autism-speaks-endorses-ohio-autism-insurance-reform-bills

    3. Reached 9,000 signatures

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    • Emilie Antoniak SEVERNA PARK, MD
      • 3 months ago

      My little brother has high functioning autism and we have the exact same problem.

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    • anna dorn SANFORD, FL
      • 3 months ago

      United Healthcare appears to be one of the most cost cutting insurance companies I have had the pleasure of being a member. My preference would be that they be dissolved as an industry

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    • Tracy Brown SUFFOLK, VA
      • 3 months ago

      I am a mother of a 29 year old that has been battling with Asperger's Syndrome all of her life. However, she was never diagnosed with Aspeger's Syndrome because the state of Virginia and the Federal government did not recognized it as she was growing up. They simply diagnosed her with a learning disability. Still today, she continues to struggle with interacting with the public and maintaining a job. By her not being treated for Asperber's Syndrome it is causing a major struggle for our family mentally, physically and financially. We are not receiving any assistance from the state, federal or local government on this major issue to help support her. Currently she doesn't have any medical insurance. All of her support comes out of our packet and we are struggling.

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    • Brandy Candy PHOENIX, AZ
      • 3 months ago

      cutting the coverage for a CHILd at age 9? wtf, if there was any limit they should have it at 18 or 21, al least they would be grown up and be-able to do a bit more for themselves

      but doing it to a CHILD! my god

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    • Leanne Neal CLAIRTON, PA
      • 3 months ago

      I have a family member with autism.

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