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.