Shayan’s Law-Autism Insurance Parity-Hearing update

Many thanks to all the families and advocates who packed the hearing room yesterday, dressed in red and carrying pictures of their children or accompanied with their children.

Our hearing was well orchastrated.   Lorri Unumb(Autism Speaks Senior Policy Advisor), Dr’s Bryan King and Gary Stobbe (Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center), Kathy George (Harrison, Benis & Spence attorney), Arzu Forough (Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy) and Chanel Krueger (highly accomplished, articulate young lady with autism) were among those who provided testimony is support of Shayan’s Law, Autism Insurance Parity (AIP). (The hearing can be viewed through TVW archives by clicking here).

The fiscal calculations on the state of WA to cover the public employee’s dependents  was grossly inflated ($141,773,139), so much so that several committee members requested a revised fiscal data from the office of Financial Management (OFM).

The Senate committee members were clearly in favor of Shayan’s Law.  Our next steps is two fold,  provide true cost impact  data from states that have had AIP for over a decade AND to continue to build the momentum of support.

Here’s How YOU Can Help:

1.Call and write all members of the committee (click on text for contact info.) and let them know Washington state can’t afford to bear the cost of autism alone, let them know how much your family (and/or local school district) ia spending on your loved one with autism(on specialized developmental, behavioral and education programs).

2. Multiply your efforts, forward this note to teachers, therapists, friends, any and all supporters and ask them to please get actively involved.

3.Volunteer with us (click here to view volunteering opportunities)

Thank you for your consideration.

Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy Coalition

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Please call your senator to cosponsor Autism Insurance Parity (Shayan’s Law)!

WAA Coaltion members,

Give a loved one with autism 5 minutes, call your senator and ask them to end autism insurance discrimination by signing on as a cosponsor to Shayan’s Law, Autism Insurance Parity(AIP).

1.     Call your own district’s senator (click here to find their contact information)

If your not sure what to say try this:

“My name is _________ and I’m your constituent.  I am calling to ask Senator______to cosponsor Shayan’s Law (SB5059)-Autism Insurance Parity (Prime Sponsor Sen. Ed. Murray).  Shayan’s law requires private insurance coverage of autism under Washington’s Mental Health Parity.  Individuals with autism are entitled to the full coverage that Mental Health Parity offers.  23 other states have already passed laws that require private insurance to cover autism diagnosis and medically necessary treatments.  This is an extremely important bill for our family and critical to helping my child/grandchild/neice/nephew/other gain access to appropriate health care benefits. Thank you so much for your consideration.  Please let me know when Senator______ has signed on as a cosponsor.”

If they have any questions please refer them to Senator Ed. Murray’s office.

2.     Multiply your efforts! Forward this note to everyone who supports individuals with autism (teachers, therapists, family, coworkers, other community members) and ask them to:

Thank you in advance for your calls.