Autism Legislation Action Alert for Illinois
SB 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;
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;