Victory
Petitioning Children's Hospital HR and Benefits

Local Children's Hospital: Cover ABA therapy for Autistic Children of your employees.


ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective. (autismspeaks.org) 

My child is being denied coverage after I was told 3 times by insurance that ABA was covered 100% with no max once I meet my deductible. I have been in a battle with insurance and my employer to resolve this and am being ignored. My son is 2 and with early intervention has the best prognosis of being a functional member in society. Every day we go without this therapy we are losing precious time in his development to make a difference. I work at a hospital that promotes ABA for children with autism and even gives out literature regarding the benefits of ABA therapy, yet are denying it to their own employees. I need someone to listen and help!

Letter to
Children's Hospital HR and Benefits
Please reconsider covering ABA therapy for autistic children of your employees. I am writing you with a problem with your insurance coverage. Last year you chose to cover ABA therapy for your employees yet this year chose to “opt out,” of this coverage. With Autism on the rise of 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 of those being boys we need you to be a leader in healthcare in this matter.

“ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.” (autismspeaks.org)

All literature points to early intervention being optimum care in the treatment of autism and other developmental delays. Let’s not wait for ABA to be mandated. As being in the top 3 hospitals in the nation the your employees and the community depend on you to pave the way in research and treatment. Please add ABA to your covered benefits for your employees. If we work together we can change the outcome.