August 4, 2006 A-CHAMP ACTION
ALERT - NEW YORK Vol. 10 No. 137.1
Autism Insurance Bill Goes to Gov. Pataki!
Call & Fax Gov. Pataki Today! Take Action!
Tell Gov. Pataki to Sign The Bill That Bars Health Insurance Discrimination
Against Individuals With Autism
End Health Insurance Discrimination For People With Autism In NY!
Call & Fax Gov. Pataki!
Tell The Governor to Sign the Bill That Ends Health Insurance Discrimination
vs. Individuals With Autism
Tell Gov. Pataki To Sign A. 699 & S. 784!
Tell Gov. Pataki to Sign This Vital Legislation That Would End Health
Insurance Discrimination Against Children People With Autism
Final Push! Telephone & Fax the Governor Today and The Next Ten Days -
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A bill passed by the NYS Legislature prohibits insurance companies from
denying medical care and therapy to our kids and others with Autism. Now, it
sits on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature.
We've all been there: Speech therapy denied, MRI's denied, EEGs denied, ABA
denied, Gastro-intestinal treatment denied, and on and on, in a brutal
litany of injustice.
With the Governor's signature A 699/S 784 will end the injustice. Our
legislators did the right thing by acting to stop discrimination against
our kids. Now, you must act to tell Gov. Pataki that this bill must be
Act Now. Call Governor Pataki at 518-474-8390
Fax Gov. Pataki at 518-474-1513
EVERY ORGANIZATION WITH AN INTEREST IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL SHOULD TELL THE
GOVERNOR BY FAX AND LETTER TO SIGN THIS BILL
PARENTS NEED TO FAX, CALL and WRITE THE GOVERNOR.
ORGANIZATIONS - please write a letter to the Governor urging him to sign
Senate our bill and FAX it to the Governor at: 518-474-1513
Individuals can fax, call or write. Gov. Pataki telephone: 518-474-8390
The Governor's snailmail address is:
Governor George E. Pataki
Albany, NY 12224
Suggested Letter for Fax or Mail:
Dear Governor Pataki:
I urge you to sign A699/S784, the health insurance reform bill that will end
discrimination against individuals with autism.
I am a family member or know one of the tens of thousands of persons in New
York who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The CDC has
reported that 1 in 175 children have been diagnosed with autism and many
more have autistic spectrum disorder ("ASD").
Recent experience has shown that autism is treatable, especially with
appropriate early intervention. Health insurers routinely deny necessary
medical care and therapy to New York citizens affected by autism spectrum
disorders. A699 and S784 would end this discriminatory practice and allow
people with autism to get the treatment they need to recover or improve
This legislation prohibits insurers from excluding coverage for autism
spectrum disorder solely because of the ASD diagnosis. The legislation will
benefit individuals and their families by preventing the common practice of
excluding ASD from insurance coverage and recognizing tat autism is a
treatable neurobiological disorder that should be accorded parity with other
For children with autism spectrum disorders, nothing is more effective than
early diagnosis and intensive intervention. Aggressive early intervention
gives individuals the best chance of living productive lives without
burdening society with the enormous costs of long-term care. By excluding
coverage for ASD the insurance industry has increased the costs associated
with autism spectrum disorders and shifted the burden of paying those costs
to the taxpayer - even when the affected individual is covered by private
Health insurers in New York State must end their discriminatory practices
and accept their obligation to provide coverage for medically necessary
services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Please sign this important legislation - A699/S784 will end health insurance
discrimination against individuals with autism spectrum disorder and thereby
help individuals with autism obtain the treatment and services that they
FAX your letter to the Governor at: 518-474-1513
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