Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act | Autism | The Maher Law FirmOn June 28th the Supreme Court issued it’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.

The decision of the Court is a part of our nation’s founding principles of checks and balances among our government institutions.

Although, regardless of the decision, the problems faced by individuals living with autism and their families remain unsolved.  More than 30 states have recently required insurance providers to cover certain autism-related treatments and services, but in many of these same states, individuals with autism are denied basic coverage.  Often, when individuals receive medical coverage, they lack assistance for behavioral treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Ongoing cutbacks in government funding have resulted in limited funds to pay for therapies, and personal assistance.  Basic insurance coverage for preventative care is, at times, beyond financial means.  For those individuals who are more significantly affected by autism, treatment can cost up to $72,000 per year.

The Autism Society believes all government and non-government entities must understand that any health-care reform must not preclude individuals with developmental disabilities from life-changing therapies.  In addition, for health-care to be effective, autism must be viewed as a whole-body condition that requires medical and non-medical treatments.

 

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