Confirmed victory
Petitioning State Senator Capri Cafaro and 18 others

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

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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

Letter to
State Senator Capri Cafaro
Ohio State Senate
Ohio State House
and 16 others
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
Ohio State Legislature: Support H.B. 598 and S.B. 381 Mandating Autism Insurance Coverage

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.