As many of you already know, Connecticut is one of many states considering legislation which would mandate insurance coverage of autism treatment. I have written on this subject before, and it is something about which I care deeply. You can read my full post on this subject here:
I am happy to report that, as of May 15, 2009, the Connecticut Senate passed Raised Bill 301, so we are even closer to getting coverage for individuals and families who desperately need help. Check out Autism Votes for the latest, where you can continue to follow the progress of Connecticut legislation on this subject: http://www.autismvotes.org/site/c.frKNI3PCImE/b.3937875/k.9CDF/Connecticut.htm
Connecticut policy makers, including many in the autism community, were careful in crafting this legislation so that families will not find themselves getting rejected from support to which they might be entitled from other government agencies, like school districts, DDS and DCF.
I have also recently learned that the military is offering some benefits for their families with children with autism spectrum disorders through a program called TriCare. There is a guide for information about this program on the home page of the website for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts: (http://www.apbahome.net/).
Please continue to contact your legislators for their support as this legislation moves to the House.
UPDATED: As of May 27, 2009, the Connecticut House passed SB 301! On to the Governor’s desk where it will, hopefully be signed. Congratulations to all who worked so hard on this legislation, and to the concerned legislators who voted in favor of it.
UPDATED: On June 9, 2009, Governor Rell signed SB 301 into law; it goes into effect in January, 2010.