It was just brought to my attention that a bill has been introduced (PCB HSQS 12-03) to repeal the Autism Mandate that Florida voted into law in 2008.
This is certainly no surprise.
With the impending changes to federal health care and how the states services fall into the exchanges, it is no surprise that this is beginning of something that is sure to gain speed. I am surprised it took this long.
There is too much grey area with the impending Obamacare.
Let’s face facts. Treating autism costs a great deal of money. The argument rages between health insurance providers and state educators on who who is responsible for the costs associated with treating out kids. This is going to go on for a long time.
Our autistic children, who are in the minority but live with a condition with life-long, fiscally-impacting issues, are going to get snubbed when the “greater good of society” has to go under the microscope of fiscal trimming and limited budgets. It is what it is.
CARD of Florida sent me an email on who to write to express our support to defeat any changes to the hard-fought Florida law that protects the autistic children in the state. Also attached is the bill circulating through the Florida legislature. The email I receivedHSQS3 is posted below:
Dear CARD Constituents,
The House has presented a bill that will repeal the Autism Insurance Mandate that parents worked so hard to achieve (find a copy of the bill attached to this email). It is going to be heard January 31, 2012 in the House Health and Human Services Quality Committee in HOB 102.
Everyone who wishes to stop this bill to call, fax, and email your legislators now!!
Below is the committee contact information.
First Name Last Name District City District State District Phone Tallahassee St TLH Phone Email Address
Larry Ahern St. Petersburg FL (727) 545-6421 1102 The Capitol (850) 488-6197 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Boyd Bradenton FL (941) 708-4968 1102 The Capitol (850) 488-4086 email@example.com
Clay Ford Pensacola FL (850) 595-5550 303 House Office Bldg. (850) 488-0895 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddy Gonzalez Hialeah Gardens FL (305) 364-3066 214 House Office Bldg. (850) 488-1683 email@example.com
Matt Hudson Naples FL (239) 417-6270 222 The Capitol (850) 488-1028 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mia Jones (M) Jacksonville FL (904) 924-1615 405 House Office Bldg. (850) 488-6893 email@example.com
Jeanette M. NuÃ±ez Miami FL (305) 227-7630 1003 The Capitol (850) 488-7897 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Oliva Hialeah FL 1301 The Capitol (850) 487-2197 email@example.com
Ari Porth Coral Springs FL (954) 346-2810 405 House Office Bldg. (850) 488-2124 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Randolph Orlando FL (407) 893-3084 1302 The Capitol (850) 488-0660 email@example.com
Betty Reed Tampa FL (813) 241-8024 405 House Office Bldg. (850) 488-5432 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald ”Doc” Renuart Ponte Vedra Beach FL (904) 270-2550 319 The Capitol (850) 488-0001 email@example.com
Patrick Rooney, Jr. Palm Beach Gardens FL (561) 625-5176 324 The Capitol (850) 488-0322 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Schwartz Hollywood FL (954) 924-3813 1402 The Capitol (850) 488-0465 email@example.com
John Wood Haines City FL (863) 419-3470 214 House Office Bldg. (850) 488-2721 firstname.lastname@example.org