Senator Darrell Steinberg has authored a bill, SB 126, to extend California’s autism insurance mandate until July 1, 2019. Without this bill, the autism mandate will sunset in 2014. The Senate Health Committee will hear this bill on April 10th, and your letters in support of the bill are vital to its passage. For your convenience, we have attached a sample letter of support. Of course, we encourage you to share your personal story with Senator Steinberg regarding the importance of the autism insurance mandate to you and your family. All letters should be emailed to Louis.Vismara@sen.ca.gov or faxed to (916)327-8867. Your support makes all the difference!
CARD is hosting a series of seminars, “California Insurance Funding for Autism Treatment,” to educate families and other caregivers about the California Autism Insurance Mandate (SB 946). As of July 1, the law requires most insurance providers to cover behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis, for individuals on the autism spectrum. The free, two-hour seminars will be held from July 28 to August 25, 2012 at CARD centers in Fresno, the East Bay, Garden Grove, Sacramento, San Diego, and Tarzana.