Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Clay's Law Update

By now you should have received an email stating who your legislators are and asking you to make the call to them. We hope that you have been able to find the time in your busy schedules to make this a priority. We have heard some great feedback so far. Thank you to those who have gotten back to us with your legislators responses.

We have had a few people write to ask for more information about Clay’s Law. If you would like to know more about the bill before you call your legislators, you can read our draft legislation on our website, www. Utautismcoalition.blogspot.com.There is also a great document written by Autism Speaks with some arguments in favor of legislation like Clays Law. It can be found here: http://www.autismvotes.org/atf/cf/%7B2a179b73-96e2-44c3-8816-1b1c0be5334b%7D/ARGUMENTS_FOR_PRIVATE_INSURANCE_COVERAGE.PDF

We have had a few meetings with policy writers about our bill. We are very close to having it finished and filed. As soon as we get our hands on it we will put it on our website and send everyone an email letting you know that it is finished and ready for you to view.

Lastly, we have just found out about a great opportunity for all of us to speak face to face with our legislators. Every year there is a reception held at the Capitol for families of those with disabilities to have a meet and greet with legislators. This years reception is scheduled for February 3rd at 4:30-6:00pm in the Capitol Rotunda. It is our understanding that not every legislator attends. Most come out after their meetings are finished for the day. So, there may not be many there right at 4:30pm. You may have to wait to be able to speak with them. We plan to attend and speak with as many legislators as we can about Clay’s Law and ask them to Co-sponsor. Please join us so that they can see just how many people want Clay’s Law passed.

We truly appreciate each and every one of you calling and writing your legislators. This is such an important bill, that will not get passed without support from people all over the state.