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

Autism Health Insurance Reform: Action Alert – Hearing on SB365 Next Thursday 4/4/2013

Action Item Summary:

  • Please come to the Senate Health Care committee hearing on Thursday, April 4th at 3:00 PM to show your support for SB365, the Autism Health Insurance Reform bill
  • Please e-mail the Senate Health Care committee today – to ask them to support SB365

Senate Health Care Committee Hearing – Thursday, April 4th at 3:00 PM:

The Senate Health Care committee hearing for SB365, the Autism Health Insurance Reform bill, has been scheduled for this coming Thursday.

Date:  Thursday, April 4th

Time:  3:00 PM

Location:

  • Hearing Room A
  • Oregon State Capitol
  • 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

This will be our first public hearing on this critical bill, which will ensure that all insurance plans in Oregon – including commercial insurance plans, as well as PEBB, OEBB, and the Oregon Health Plan – pay for medically necessary, evidence-based treatment for patients with autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA).  No votes will be held, but we expect a formal committee vote to be scheduled soon.

We encourage you to attend the hearing in person if you can – it will be a great way to show your support, and to see the process in action.  You may submit written testimony (a simple, 1-page letter) – but there probably won’t be enough time to let everyone speak

Please Ask the Senate Health Care Committee to support SB365:

Please send an e-mail to each of the members of the Senate Health Care committee asking them to support this bill.

Here is a sample message:

Here’s a short, simple e-mail message that you can use to get started.  Revise the third paragraph to describe how this affects you, your family, or your patients, and update the greeting and address.

To:

sen.lauriemonnesanderson@state.or.us; sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us; sen.timknopp@state.or.us; sen.chipshields@state.or.us; sen.elizabethsteinerhayward@state.or.us

Subject:

Please Support SB365

Body:

Dear Members of the Senate Committee On Health Care and Human Services,

Please support SB365, the Autism Health Insurance Reform bill introduced by Sen. Bates.  This bill would require health benefit plans – including private plans, as well as PEBB, OEBB, and the Oregon Health Plan – to pay for medically necessary, evidence-based treatment for patients with autism.  It would also enable licensing of providers of applied behavior analysis therapy through the Oregon Health Licensing Agency, to ensure that patients receive quality, effective treatment from capable providers.

Every year, 600 more children are diagnosed with autism in Oregon.  With effective, timely treatment, many of these children will be able to make substantial gains and need fewer services.  Providing these individuals with the right care at the right time will save the state money.

[*** If you wish, you can insert a brief personal story here.  Example:  I have a 20-year-old son with this diagnosis.  His treatment was not covered by our health insurance, and consequently he did not receive what might have helped him to overcome some of the most debilitating aspects of autism.  Now he needs costly support from state services, and probably will for life. ***]

Thank you,

 

Your Name

123 SW Main

Hometown, OR  97201

 

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Thanks for your help!

 

Paul Terdal

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