|Families of children with autism have many day-to-day concerns. However, most people still don’t realize that obtaining insurance coverage for medically necessary therapies is one of the biggest. More than half of Americans with insurance provided through their employers are covered by health benefit plans that are not subject to state regulation. However, they can opt to voluntarily provide coverage for ABA therapy. To an employee with a child on the Autism Spectrum, there couldn’t be a more valuable benefit!|
In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Autism Home Support Services is again publishing its Honor Roll of Outstanding Employers for Autism. Each week in April, we’re giving a hearty shout-out to some of these Champion Employers who have voluntarily added autism benefits to their plans.
Congratulations and THANK YOU on behalf of all families affected by autism to:
1. TufTile “TufTile produced its first detectable product in 2008. Years of polymer formulation experience and field testing have led to the launching of the detectable warning products we produce today.”
2. United Airlines “We believe that our greatest resource is our people, and that hiring talented employees and empowering them is essential to the success of the airline.”
3. United Auto Workers “Since its founding in 1935, the UAW has consistently developed innovative partnerships with employers and negotiated industry-leading wages and benefits for its members.”
4. University of Michigan “…with deep traditions focused on creating brighter futures. We invite you to explore the diverse and vibrant community that makes us the home of Leaders and Best.”
*Quotes from respective websites
By electing to provide this coverage, you’re providing parents with an opportunity to obtain theray which can change their child’s life. You’re helping as we do in “Empowering Real Progress Toward Hopes and Dreams.”
There is still work to be done! If your employer does not offer autism benefits, you can get help with advocacy from Autism Speaks. Visit their website to learn more. You can also find a nationwide list of self-funded companies that provide an autism benefit in their ERISA Took kit.