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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    • Janet Greif NAPERVILLE, IL
      • 18 days ago

      United Healthcare is continuing to not pay out for services and have structured an abusive administrative policy to take money for policies and not pay for many services.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 26 days ago

      “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

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    • Malinda Sutherland BARTLETT, TN
      • 26 days ago

      My brother has Aspergers and I read upon everything I could find. Luckily, he is becoming a wonderful young man. Cutting off insurance at 9 makes me to believe you do not want to deal with what is to come during adolescence and high school decisions when there physical hormones running through their bodies

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    • Molly O'Sullivan ELLIJAY, GA
      • about 1 month ago

      My eight year old brother has high functioning Autism, and my family just went through a divorce. If he loses support when he needs it most, then all of the progress, all of the therapy, all of the endurance that my family has gone through will be for absolutely nothing.

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    • Kathryn Brown HADDAM, CT
      • about 1 month ago

      Because it's ridiculous ageism.

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