Autism Speaks is pursuing autism insurance reform in over thirty states across the nation, including Nevada!
Today, Autism Speaks is announcing its support for Nevada Assembly Bill 162, also known as the autism insurance reform bill. This legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sponsored in the Nevada State Assemblyman James Ohrenschall (D-12), the autism insurance reform bill includes coverage of evidence-based, medically-necessary autism therapies.
Eight states – Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas -- have enacted autism insurance reform legislation. Several other state legislatures will vote on similar legislation during the current session.
Your help is needed to generate support for the autism insurance reform bill from your Nevada Assemblymember...
Here's How You Can Help:
1. CALL YOUR NEVADA ASSEMBLYMEMBER! Tell him/her that you support Assembly Bill 162, the autism insurance reform bill! Tell him/her that you need their support for AB 162. And tell him/her that AB 162 will help thousands of families across Nevada handle the financial burdens of having a child with autism. Make sure to share your family's story. Let your representative know that autism is treatable! Insurance should cover the treatment!
Find out who represents you and their phone number here
2. SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER urging him/her to support the autism insurance reform bill! We encourage you to take the opportunity to personalize the e-mail before you click "send". Tell your representative your family's story and why passage of this bill is so important.
3. STAY INFORMED ON SB 162! Visit the Autism Votes website and sign up today to receive alerts and information pertaining to the autism insurance reform bill.
4. FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN NEVADA! A far-reaching grassroots effort will be crucial to the success of this legislation. Reach out to those who have asked how they can help by asking them to support this bill. They can show their support by by contacting their Nevada representative and by registering for action alerts at AutismVotes.org.
For more information on the autism insurance reform initiative in Nevada, visit www.AutismVotes.org/Nevada.
Shelley HendrixDirector of State Advocacy RelationsAutism Speaks