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August 20, 2007 Mtg. for review and comment on SB1--Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Parity

Fwd from Oregon Insurance Division-Opportunity for Overview and Public comment on SB1/Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Parity. Asks for an RSVP (see full version). ------------------------------------------------------. "OREGON INSURANCE DIVISION Overview and Update of Senate Bill 1 Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Parity AUGUST 20, 2007 1:00 to 3:00 PM LABOR & INDUSTRIES BUILDING 350 WINTER ST NE SALEM OR 97301 ROOM 260 (SECOND FLOOR)

OR HB 2918--"Insurance bill will help families dealing with autism"

Eugene, Register Guard Insurance bill will help families dealing with autism Published: Friday, June 29, 2007 Parents of children with developmental disabilities have something to celebrate. House Bill 2918, which requires insurance companies to cover certain kinds of treatment for pervasive developmental disorders, awaits the governor's signa-ture. The proposed new law was passed unanimously by the House on May 11. After making several amendments, the Senate passed the bill, and the House concurred with the amendments Tuesday. State Rep. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, a sponsor of the bill, expects the governor to sign the bill into law.

ACTION ALERT--OR HB 2918--Insurance Fairness for Children with Disabilities Needs Your Help Now!

UPDATED INFO/Change of legislative committee to contact 6/14/07Fwd from feator_news yahoogroup. **Please share the message with other interested parents, families, friends and stakeholders! **Read the ENTIRE message for how to help and phone/emails of key Oregon Legislators! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From Kathryn Weit, policy analyst for Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities: We learned early this morning (6/14) that HB 2918 was assigned to a new committee!! Please disregard the previous list and contact the legislators BELOW. We need to let them know that this bill is important to families and physicians! Insurance Fairness for Children with Disabilities Needs Your Help Now! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Issue: HB 2918, INSURANCE FAIRNESS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES This is important legislation for children with disabilities. The bill has passed the House Committee, but has been stuck in Ways and Means. The session is ending and the bill must be scheduled for a hearing in the next few days or it will die for this session! Background: Today, many families with insurance find that their insurance plans deny coverage for services to children who have certain disability labels, even if those services are covered for other family members. HB 2918 requires insurance companies to cover the physical health needs of children with disabilities in the same way they cover the physical health needs of individuals without disabilities. This applies to medical services, as well as to rehabilitation services like speech, physical and occupational therapy. Most major health care insurance plans support this legislation. ACTION: Contact the legislators listed below. Urge them to support HB 2918 We need action now to show our support for this bill!!!!!!! Share this email with others. ACT NOW!

About HB2918:"Health insurance mandates are under-the-radar issue in Salem"

Although the passage of 2918 through the Oregon House was good news, it still needs to go through the Senate, so please continue to contact your legislator, --by email, or better yet, by phone. To find your legislator For more Senate information, including mailing labels for all members. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NEWSTORY: Health insurance mandates are under-the-radar issue in Salem 5/19/2007, 1:30 p.m. PDT By JULIA SILVERMAN The Associated Press "...Insurers have mostly remained quiet about the mandate proposals, perhaps because of the can't-fight-city-hall factor: Democrats, who now control both the state House and Senate, tend to favor expanded coverage options. Still, some issues have raised industry concerns, and could face amendments before the session concludes, said Fawn McNeely, who lobbies for ODS Health Plans. The industry is keeping a particularly close eye on House Bill 2918, which would require coverage for treatment of some pervasive developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, which has been growing rapidly among Oregon children.

Do Oregon Parents have the Ear of Legislators?

An interesting story from Pennsylvania/New Jersey on Apparently, a group of parents were able to have a panel discussion with their legislators:
State and county lawmakers learned about the obstacles facing local families whose children are autistic at a special meeting Thursday organized by Sharing and Caring of Bucks County, a local autism parent support group.
Can we do the same as a block of parents across Oregon? Even if it were held in Portland, many parents could attend.

Speech therapy bill easily clears House Speech therapy bill easily clears House By David Steves The Register-Guard Published: Saturday, May 12, 2007 SALEM - Rep. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, literally put a face to the issue of autism in the Oregon House of Representatives on Friday. He did it by holding overhead an 8-by-11 photograph of his 5-year-old son. Simon Edwards is one of the thousands of children with the disorder in a state that has more such diagnoses per capita than any other.

DD Community Rally at State Capitol April 11th

Be There! Be Heard! When: Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 11 AM, Rally starts at 11:45 Where: Steps at the State Capitol, 900 Court St. Salem Room 50 for pre-rally issue updates and information What is happening? Legislators, advocates, families and self advocates will be speaking on the Capitol Steps! It is important to demonstrate the strength of the DD Community!! We need YOU!

Legislative Updates from NAMI

From NAMI Oregon (National Alliance of Mentally Ill, Oregon). Some autism-related treatments fall under the mental health umbrella (behavior therapy with a psychiatrist), so please consider showing up or writing testimony if this applies to your family. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NAMI OREGON ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pack the House -- Mental Health Budget Bills Up for Hearing April 06, 2007 NAMI Members:

Group Health Insurance Coverage for Autism


On January 1, 2007, Senate Bill 1, Mental Health Parity, went into effect in Oregon. Pervasive Developmental Disorders are now a covered condition. This means that coverage for Pervasive Developmental Disorders are provided “at the same level as, and subject to limitations no more restrictive than, those imposed on coverage or reimbursement of expenses arising from treatment for other medical conditions.”

Organizing Oregon's Autism Community

How is Oregon going to move toward better services for folks with autism? How is the Oregon medical community going to offer actual medical treatments that have show efficacy in the autism population? How are parents of children with autism and adults with autism going to get treatments covered by insurance? How are students with autism NOT going to get Left Behind in the Oregon education system?