Bills were presented last week to the state senate. Senator Tupac Hunter, democrat, Detroit, states insurance coverage is required to aide families who cannot afford costs of certain autism treatments for their children.
Over 20 other states have similar laws. However, the Michigan attempt is in opposition from business owners and insurance groups that are arguing that the authorization of such coverage would higher the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance plans.
Advocates for the new bills state it is a matter of fairness and in the long term Michigan would save money.
The proposal to require autism insurance coverage was suspended last year in the senate. Bills are being reintroduced for the 2011 – 2012 legislative session.
There are thousands of families in Michigan who struggle to pay for treatments for their autistic children due to technically not being covered by insurance.
Autism treatments are expensive costing parents of the children more than $50,000.
Parents have to pay for the services out of their own family finances and end up having pick and choose which ones they may be able to afford.
Estimates indicate that there are currently 15,000 children with autism and the truth of the matter is simple it really is not covered by insurance.
A grassroots organization named Autism Insurance in Michigan, lobby’s the State Senate in efforts to sign on laws that would acquire autism treatment to be covered by insurance companies in Michigan. These would include things such as diagnoses and treatment for children and adults no matter what their age.
Currently there are several supporting organization for this much needed legislation among them Beaumont Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health Systems and more. You can review the organizations and more information on their blog Autism Insurance In Michigan.
As of last year it was noted that at least 21% of Autistic children use alternative therapies along with regular treatments. Some of the treatments used are promising and far less expensive. You should not take your child off conventional treatments to use just alternative without practitioners permission. These treatments are to aide the current treatment plan.
Vitamin A stimulates the immune system, reinforces immune memory, protects against viruses, language process and essential for vision.
Vitamin B12 if the system is deficient in this vitamin it can lead to problems with mental functioning which can include confusion and thinking slowly.
Zinc aides in brain development and also provides immune system support.
Chiropractic care has shown some positive results with the use of manipulative therapies with outcomes of improved symptoms.
One case study done on 26 children with autism who had chiropractic care for a span of nine months had shown promising results. A significant rate of children no longer needed medications like Ritalin, improvements were shown in bowl and bladder control and even some children had began speaking with eye contact and their attention span had also shown remarked improvements. Also, improvements in hyperactivity and aggression were seen. Some of the children could even attend regular classrooms.
Researchers theory is that neurological interference can add to the diagnosis. Chiropractic treatments that correct subluxations does improve neurological functions.
In Chinese medicine autistic persons have a heart imbalance that puts a stop to relating on a emotional level with other people including their own family.
It is believed that some who may have digestive abnormalities are linked to Spleen Qi Deficiency. Imbalances can come from three various sources, internal, external and miscellaneous.
Chinese medicine employs acupuncture, herbal medications, massage along with nutrition.
Places in or near Detroit
Aide for families
The Children’s Center
Autism Society of America
Special Needs Families