Sunday, March 3, 2013

California Declares Autism a 'Public Health Crisis'

From Shelley Hendrix - Director, Grassroots Development, Autism Speaks

The California Department of Insurance has declared autism a "public health crisis" and proposed emergency regulations that would greatly expand and simplify your loved one's access to ABA treatment. But these new rules won't become law unless the state can prove its case before an administrative law judge.

You can help by submitting public comments. Explain how your experiences accessing ABA care under the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law may have been hindered and how that has negatively affected your family.

Hurry! Your comments must be submitted by Tuesday March 5. Take action this weekend.

Here is How YOU Can Help:


Email your comments to the California Office of Administrative Law at AND A COPY to the Department of Insurance at

Be sure to identify the subject of your comments as the "Department of Insurance's emergency regulations on mental health parity."

You should also list the agency's file number for these regulations: ER-2013-00001.


Forward this email to people you know who live in California and ask them to help! The more comments, the stronger our case will be.

Remember: The deadline is Tuesday! Act this weekend! 

And mark your calendars for April 17. There's a Capitol Rally for Autism in the works!

Read more HERE.
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