Autism insurance coverage will be on the agenda for the March 4 meeting of the Joint Study Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder & Public Safety at 2 pm in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh.
A presentation by a representative from Oliver Wyman, the actuarial firm that authored the cost study for North Carolina, in addition to many of the other states who have passed legislation in collaboration with Autism Speaks will present at the meeting. Other speakers will represent the insurance industry’s response to the initial presentations that established the need for this coverage. At this time, speakers from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the State Health Plan are scheduled to present.
This committee meeting is open to the public and we encourage you to join ASNC staff who will be in attendance. If you plan to attend, please click here to check the NC Legislative calendar to confirm the meeting room, as room changes sometimes occur at the last minute. You can click here for directions. If you cannot come to the meeting, you can listen to the hearing by clicking here and then click on room 544 (Finance Committee).
What can you do to help?
1. Please contact your legislator to let them know that this issue is important to your family by:
a) thanking them for addressing the need for autism insurance coverage in NC
b) telling them you are a constituent;
c) sharing your story about why this is important to your child and family.
2. If you live in one of the counties listed below, please make contact with your legislator by March 4th. Please be sure to thank them, as these committee members have been very supportive of the need for autism insurance coverage thus far.
The following list of legislators are members of this committee:
Sen. William Robert Purcell, MD (Co-Chair)- Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly
Sen. Katie G. Dorsett– Guilford
Sen. James Summers Forrester– Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln
Sen. Linda Dew Garrou– Forsyth
Sen. John J. Snow, Jr.– Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania
Rep. Bob F. England, MD (Co-Chair)- Cleveland, Rutherford
Rep. Martha Bedell Alexander– Mecklenburg
Rep. Jerry Charles Dockham– Davidson
Rep. Lindsey Hugh Holliman– Davidson
Rep. Earline W. Parmon– Forsyth
4. If you want to help in this effort, click here to send us an email with your name, address including county, and best phone number and email address to reach you. If you write to your legislator, please send us a copy of your correspondence. We are especially looking for small business owners and Chamber of Commerce members who support this autism insurance effort.
5. For ongoing updates about this issue and upcoming meetings, please continue to visit the ASNC Blog.Tags: autism advocacy, autism insurance, Autism Society of North Carolina, legislative advocacy