NYS Assembly Bill: A2877

NYS Assembly Bill: A2877

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Taylor Van Camp started this petition to Occupational Therapists and

1 in 54 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and this diagnosis affects all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). By taking these 2020 statistics into consideration, it is evident that this developmental disorder is probable in many individuals. In addition, it has been statistically stated that medical services for individuals of all ages with autism are 6.2 times expensive than individuals without ASD (CDC, 2020). 

Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages with autism as we serve as a client-centered profession ensuring each individual receives the services/skills they need to succeed in everyday life. Furthermore, many other professions besides occupational therapy work with this population including physical therapy, speech therapy, and advanced behavioral therapy. Not only do these practitioners provide medically necessary care for this population, but there are many other components that would be covered under this insurance law including diagnostic screening, surgical care, rehabilitation, and any other medically necessary care someone with ASD would need. 

A2877 is a NYS assembly bill described as, “An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to policies to provide coverage for medically necessary care for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder” (Ortiz, 2019, para. 3). By taking interest and consideration into this policy issue, there will be an increase in awareness. As awareness increases, there is a greater chance this bill will pass in the nearby future.  

Please take the time to watch, read and sign this petition as this will decrease financial difficulties in families caring for those with autism in New York State. 

Resources 

Assembly bill A2877. (2019, January 28). The New York State Senate. Retrieved July 26, 2020,
from https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/A2877

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, March 25). Autism spectrum disorder data &
statistics.https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

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