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Action Alert! Protect Autism Insurance Coverage in Illinois

Autism Legislation Action Alert for Illinois

Action alertSB 679, Amendment 1, is scheduled for a hearing in the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee Tuesday, March 27th at 2:00pm. 

We need you to contact the members of the Senate Insurance committee today and please ask them to support Amendment 1 to SB 679!  Feel free to leave a brief message with their staff asking for their support in committee tomorrow if the Senator is unavailable.

Here is a link to the members, click on their names for their contact information;

http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/members.asp?GA=97&committeeID=914

This bill amends the Illinois Autism Insurance Mandate to prevent children from potentially losing insurance coverage for services due to proposed upcoming changes to the DSM-V (Diagnostic Statistics Manual version 5) used in psychiatry.

It also adds language to bring awareness for underlying and co-morbid medical conditions that may also occur in a child with autism, such as seizure disorders, immune deficiencies, gastrointestinal conditions, mitochondrial dysfunction, allergies and metabolic disturbances. Too often these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated because a child has a diagnosis of autism.  

Here is a link to the bill;

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09700SB0679sam001&GA=97&SessionId=84&DocTypeId=SB&LegID=55508&DocNum=679&GAID=11&Session=

 

 

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