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Oregon Legislative Bills that May Affect Those with Autism

HB 2918: Health Benefit Plan Coverage of Pervasive Developmental Disorder: Requires health benefit plan to cover treatment of pervasive developmental disorder subject to same conditions as treatment of physical illness.

Bernie versus Bryna: The Trouble with Autism Speaks

A letter by JB Handley posted on the phoenixkids email list: I have tried to hold my tongue and be patient with Autism Speaks, and I have had it and I'm done. I met with Bob and Suzanne Wright this Fall, and I consider Katie Wright and her husband Andreas to be friends, and it's time that this organization got a wake up call from the parent community. If you are going to consolidate all the national organizations and claim to represent the autism community, than for God's sake, do so. For me, this is the last straw, an announcement that came out today, which you can read about here:

Oregon HB 2918 - Health Insurance

Action Alert: Health Insurance Coverage for Autism!!!!!!

Wellstone bill

The Wellstone Mental Health Parity Bill is supposed to help children with autism and other disorders get the funding they need from their parents' health insurance! It started in 1999 but the sponsor died. It is back up but finding CURRENT information about is pretty hard. Here is a good article on the bill: Ideas & Trends; Minds Over Money Although old, it refers to the need to cover autism:

Oregon House Bill 2918 - Autism coverage Bill

Please send Representatives Peter BUCKLEY; Representatives Chris EDWARDS, Paul HOLVEY, Chip SHIELDS, Carolyn TOMEI a note of thanks and support for sponsoring this bill. http://www.leg.state.or.us/house/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday, March 14, 3:00PM, Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room E FIRST PUBLIC HEARING - Oregon HB 2918, The Autism Coverage Bill --Requires health benefit plan to cover treatment of pervasive developmental disorder subject to same conditions as treatment of physical illness.

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