Friday, September 28, 2012

Autism treatment slots open Monday for young Utah kids

High demand is likely, which would trigger a lottery for applicants.

First Published Sep 27 2012 02:42 pm 
"Starting Monday, Utah families who have young children with autism can apply for free treatment provided by a new pilot project — but if too many seek help, they’ll need luck to win a slot.

About 250 kids can be served through the Medicaid-funded portion of the project, which is open to children who are not covered by the low-income public health insurance plan. If more children apply than can be helped, which is likely, applications will be ranked at random, similar to a lottery, explained Utah Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko."

Read the full article here.

How to apply:

Children between the ages of 2 and 6 who meets certain requirements can apply for autism treatment through the Medicaid-funded portion of a state pilot project.
  • Applicants need not be on Medicaid. To be eligible, kids must:
  • Be clinically diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and Utah resident.
  • Have been born between April 1, 2007 and October 31, 2010.
  • Not have assets, such as a bank account or trust fund, in his or her name in excess of $2,000.
Applications will be available Monday at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Where does your Senator / Representative stand?

Do you know where your local Senator or Representative stands on autism issues in Utah?

1 in 47 children in Utah have autism as opposed to the national average of 1 in 88. We have the highest prevalence rate in the entire US and yet Utah remains one of just 18 states that does not have laws on the books requiring insurance carriers to cover autism as any other medical condition.

Without the ability to access medically necessary treatment for autism, children in Utah are being denied important medical care - giving them a 2% chance of achieving best outcomes. Children who receive treatment have a 47% chance of achieving best outcomes and an 80-90% chance of achieving significant improvement.

Does your local Senator or Representative (or candidate for office) know this information? More importantly, do they know that YOU - a voter in their district - know this information? Do they know your sons or daughters affected by autism? Do they know your struggles? Do they know your family members, friends and neighbors that support you through your autism journey?

The Utah Autism Coalition is running legislative meetings now through November 22nd to help those affected by autism connect with public officials that can actually make positive change occur in our community. In a short one hour meeting you can make sure that you know where your elected officials stand and that they know where YOU stand. Please visit the UAC events page and see if there is a meeting arranged in your area. If there is not, please contact us at and we can help you get one arranged.