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A bill to require insurance companies to cover autism treatment is on the agenda of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee this afternoon.
Call your legislators and tell them that you support Nick’s Law.
Visit www.okwatchdog.org, click on the “Action Alerts” tab and enter your Zip code. You’ll be given the number of your representative’s Capitol office.
Nick’s Law passed the Senate last session but failed in the House, killed by the insurance industry.
Oklahoma legislators need to do what 20 other states have done and cover treatment that can help these children overcome the complex disorder.
The cost to society — in special education classes, bankruptcies, family break-ups, out-of-pocket expenses to parents — is substantial, while doing nothing harms hard-working Oklahoma families and further enriches insurance companies.
If insurance companies had made policyholders’ needs their first priority, Nick’s Law wouldn’t be necessary.
The House leadership opposes Nick’s Law yet wants the state Health Department to train therapists to work with children with autism.
Using taxpayer money to train therapists, whose services most parents can’t afford, is anything but the private-sector solution the GOP claims it is.
Call your legislators and tell them that you support Nick’s Law before the insurance industry kills it again.