It's time for Medical Insurance Companies in Oregon to cover Autism Treatment

First hearing on the Autism Health Insurance Reform – SB 555 and HB 2214

The first hearing on the Autism Health Insurance Reform bills will be NEXT MONDAY, February 7th, at 3:00 PM, by the House Health Care committee.

Paul Terdal will help our sponsors formally introduce and explain the bill to the House Health Care committee, and there will be opportunities for members of the public (that’s all of you!) to speak and submit written testimony as well. Whether you speak or not, simply coming down to Salem to show your support will have an impact.

House Health Care Committee Hearing Logistics:
Date: Monday, February 7th
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location:
• Hearing Room D
• Oregon State Capitol
• 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

Note that the hearing will cover 5 separate bills in 2 hours – so this will be a fast but critical moment to get our voices heard.

Please contact Paul if you are interested in coming to the hearing! Paul can be reached at paul@terdal.com or by phone at (503)984-2950.

Here are three things you can do to help move this bill forward:

1) If you haven’t done so already, contact your state legislators, and ask them to support Autism Health Insurance Reform – Senate Bill 555 and House Bill 2214. Tell them briefly why this is important to you (e.g., what impact has the lack of insurance coverage had on your family, friends, students, or patients?), and urge them to support the bills. To find your legislator, use: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/. We recommend that you both call and e-mail; the call will probably go through to voice mail or a staff person, but that’s okay – leave your message, it will get through. [If your legislators are Sen. Chris Edwards, Sen. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Peter Buckley, or Rep. Jim Thompson, please be sure to thank them for their sponsorship!]

2) Ask your friends and family members to contact their state legislators as well.

3) If at all possible, plan come to the House Health Care committee hearing in Salem on Monday, February 7th, at 3:00 PM. You will have the chance to testify if you wish, but just being there in person will make a very big impact.

Separately:
Our next Autism Health Insurance Reform meeting will be Friday, February 4th, at 7:00 PM.

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