Confirmed victory

Support Ohio H.B. 598 and S.B. 381 Mandating Autism Insurance Coverage

424
Supporters

The effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for the treatment of Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders is supported by decades of clinical research (https://www.kennedykrieger.org/patient-care/patient-care-programs/inpatient-programs/neurobehavioral-unit-nbu/applied-behavioral-analysis). Yet insurance companies in Ohio continue to deny coverage for ABA therapy on the basis that it is "experimental" or "investigational"; that it is "habilitative" or "educational" in nature; or that the DSM-IV diagnostic codes for pervasive developmental disorders are simply not covered at all.

Considering that the CDC estimates 1 in 88 children have been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (1 in 54 boys; http://www.cdc.gov/Features/CountingAutism/index.html), and that early intervention with ABA therapy is such a crucial element of a successful treatment plan, it is imperative that insurance companies be required to provide coverage. Furthermore, ABA has demonstrated effectiveness for persons with autism throughout the lifespan. Coverage for ABA should not be limited to children, but should be available to all.

Please also consider signing this petition asking HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make a simple change that will mandate ABA therapy for autism under the Affordable Care Act:

http://www.change.org/petitions/secretary-of-health-and-human-services-kathleen-sebelius-protect-the-health-care-coverage-of-individuals-with-autism-2

H.B. 598: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_598

S.B. 381: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_381

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Capri Cafaro
  • Ohio State Senate
  • Ohio State House
  • State Representative
    Anne Gonzales
  • State Senator
    Dave Burke
  • State Senator
    Chris Widener
  • State Representative
    David Hall
  • State Senator
    Nina Turner
  • State Senator
    Thomas Patton
  • State Senator
    Joseph Schiavoni
  • State Senator
    Keith Faber
  • State Representative
    Kathleen Clyde
  • State Representative
    Ron Maag
  • State Senator
    Shannon Jones
  • State Senator
    Edna Brown
  • State Senator
    Scott Oelslager
  • State Senator
    Joseph Uecker
  • State Senator
    Eric Kearney 2
  • Ohio Governor


Kim Osburn started this petition with a single signature, and won with 424 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.