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Stop cutting off medical coverage for Autism at age 9
  • Petitioning United Healthcare

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United Healthcare

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.

Recent signatures

    News

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

      Mindy Armbrust
      Petition Organiser

      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

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Julie LEininger ORLANDO, FL
      • 5 days ago

      My son deserately needs treatment. THis is horrible

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    • Melanie Whitfield CANTON, GA
      • 5 days ago

      As a mother of a child with ADHD, I understand how important therapies and medication are for children with disabilities. As they grow older and are expected to become more independent, the need for care becomes even more important. Best wishes!

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    • Melissa Long CLINTON, TN
      • 11 days ago

      my son is 9 and we also have united healthcare the doctors feel that this is most likely to be the condition he has and now i wont even be able to find treatment for him.

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    • Shelley Cordle BARNESVILLE, GA
      • 20 days ago

      My son is autistic diagnosed with asperger syndrome at the age of 12. Other medical issues masked the early signs and therefore he received his diagnosis rather late. I can assure you that he is still having major issues caused by autism. It doesn't magically disappear at the age of nine. If not for the medications he would not be able to function in the social setting we call school.

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    • Laurie Neagle FORT MOHAVE, AZ
      • 24 days ago

      I have an Autistic Grandson. It never goes away, His father has it and his uncle, they are both adults!!! I have to deal with on a daily basis and it's still very hard for them, to adjust; to nomal daily things, including change of schedule.

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