Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Raise Awareness to Congress - This Week!!!

This week, Autism Speaks is launching a major ad campaign supporting federal autism insurance reform!

Our goal is to be the loudest group on Capitol Hill this week. To accomplish this, we have launched this ad campaign in various publications to raise awareness about the need for Congress to act on federal autism insurance reform and for members of Congress to become cosponsors of the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (ATAA). A key provision of the ATAA requires insurance companies from coast to coast to provide coverage of medically necessary autism treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.
We need your help to make sure this ad hits home for your federal legislators! Help us make sure that they see this ad over and over again and hear from families and friends of families affected by autism each day this week!

Here is How YOU Can Help:
1. Please download and print out a copy of the Autism Speaks ATAA ad HERE!
2. Fax a copy of the ad to your federal Senators and House representative!
After printing out a copy of our ad, find a good spot on the ad itself, or on a separate sheet of paper, to write a short personal message asking your Senators and House Representative to cosponsor this bill, be sure to include the bill number - S.819 in the Senate and H.R. 2413 in the House.
Fax to our federal legislators at the fax numbers below:
Sen. Orrin Hatch - (202) 224-6331
Sen. Robert Bennett - (202) 228-1168
Rep. Jim Matheson - (202) 225-5638 District Map
Rep. Rob Bishop - (202) 225-5857 District Map
Rep. Jason Chaffetz - (202) 225-5629 District Map

3. Follow up with a phone call to our federal legislators!
Sen. Orrin Hatch Phone: (202) 224-5251
Sen. Robert Bennett Phone: (202) 224-5444
Rep. Jim Matheson Phone: (202) 225-3011 District Map
Rep. Rob Bishop Phone: (202) 225-0453 District Map
Rep. Jason Chaffetz Phone: (202) 225-7751 District Map

If you aren't sure of what to say when you call, say this:"Hi. My name is ________________. I am your constituent and live in (City, STATE). I am calling to be sure that you received a copy of the advertisement that I faxed to your office regarding the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act. I would like Senator/Congressman (Name) to cosponsor this important piece of legislation. The bill number is S. 819 (if you are calling a Senator) or H.R. 2413 (if you are calling a House Representative). Thank you so much. I will keep checking back to see if he/she has signed on because this is very important to me."

4. Forward this to 20 people and ask them to do the same thing! They do not have to have a child with autism. Post on message boards in your state or forward to coworkers, neighbors, friends and family and ask them to help you help your child by pressing for appropriate insurance coverage for the premiums you pay! Spread the word, get people involved and watch your politicians really start to sign up to help!
For more information on the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act, visit www.autismvotes.org/ATAA. To continue receiving alerts about this issue and other pertinent issues in your state, register at www.autismvotes.org! Working together they will hear our community. Working together, we make autism insurance discrimination a thing of the past!

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Autism Treatment Acceleration Act - Call/Email Now!

As most of you're probably aware, the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act has been introduced in Congress. We really need to get our Utah Senators and Representatives in Congress to cosponsor this very important bill - especially Senator Orrin Hatch who sits on the HELP committee.

If we can get the ATAA bill passed, we will NOT have to re-introduce Clay's Law next legislative session, and ALL insurance companies would be required to cover medically necessary autism treatments. This bill is extremely important to autism families not only in Utah, but all across the country.

Our cumulative nationwide goal is to have a total of 60 Senators and 200 Congressmen signed onto the ATAA by the end of the month - aggressive, but doable if we all work together.

Here's how YOU can help:

1. CALL YOUR SENATORS IN CONGRESS AND ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR THE ATAA (Senate Bill 819)! You can find who your senators are HERE.

2. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR THE ATAA (H.R. 2413)! You can find out who your Congressman is HERE.

Not sure of what to say? It's easy! Just say this:

"Hi! My name is _________. I'm a constituent of yours and live in (city, state). I am calling to ask you to cosponsor the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (give appropriate bill number - Senate is S. 819 and House is H.R. 2413). We worked very hard to pass similar legislation in our state but were not able to do so this session. We need your help to end autism insurance discriminatino. Thank you so much." Once you've completed your call, you can send emails to the Members of Congress HERE!

3. FORWARD THIS TO 20 OTHER PEOPLE THAT CAN HELP YOU! If you have ever heard someone say, "I wish there was something we could do to help (insert your child's name here)!" now they can. It is a cost effective way to truly help your child and the other children with autism not only in your state, but nationwide.