Autism Legislation In Michigan Presentation Transcript
Autism Legislation In Michigan Reform In Michigan – A significant cost savings opportunity May 2010
Why Michigan’s Leaders Can Support Autism Legislation Reform
Over the lifespan, the average societal cost of caring for 1 person with autism is $3.9 million . (Harvard School of Public Health, 2006).
Today, 1 in 110 individuals (1 in 70 boys) is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups.
In 2000, 4,706 children in Michigan were known to have autism. In 2007, that number almost tripled to almost 14,000 children! (Easter Seals). Now it is estimated there are 15,000 children with autism in Michigan
Research has shown that the earlier the treatments, the greater the lifetime impact to the child. If autism is not treated, in many cases the child will likely require full time care for the rest of his or her life. The cost for non treatment is incurred by Michigan companies (disabled children usually get lifetime medical insurance), families and the State of Michigan.
Healthcare plans in Michigan systematically excluded many of the prescribed, medically proven treatments for autism.
In addition to the crushing financial burden, the time, energy and stress of parenting children with autism can impact employment, health and marriage. Divorce rates for parents of children with autism are extremely high.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP study – December 2008 – compared families with special health care needs to families with autism spectrum disorders.
Parents of children with autism:
Experienced Financial Problems
Reported the need for additional income
Had lower reports of maternal well being – both physical and mental
Had to stop or reduce work to care for their child and spend more than 10 hours a week providing or coordinating for their child’s care.
Children with autism:
Had less access to important components of healthcare
Were less likely to receive family centered care
More likely to report problems such as receiving referrals, coordinating care, obtaining family support services
Often have multiple concurrent disorders. Co-morbid conditions existed in 90% of children with ASD including epilepsy, gastro-intestinal problems, anxiety, depression, food and skin allergies which can create additional financial burdens, increased stress, strain and mental health issues for families.
Independent actuarial and economic studies done in other States indicate adding coverage would modestly increase policy costs, often significantly less than 1%. Initial costs are less than 1/10 of one percent.
According to the Autism Society of America, 90% of costs are in adult services and life-long care can be reduced by two-thirds with early diagnosis and intervention. With early intervention and access to therapies, almost half of the children with autism recover typical function and another 40% make significant improvement.
The benefit to the State, businesses, taxpayers, families and the schools are clear.
It is time to dramatically reduce the long-term cost of care to society and end insurance discrimination for children with autism by providing them with the medically necessary health coverage they need.
Autism Reform Is Rapidly Sweeping Across the United States Green = States with Autism Insurance Reform Red = Active Reform Bills in process Yellow = Pending Introduction of Autism Bills Blue = Little or No Activity
Statewide Coalition Supports Reform Now! Autism Insurance In Michigan - 2,000 Families Jack’s Place for Autism
Over the lifespan, the average societal cost of caring for 1 person with autism is $3.9 million. (Harvard School of Public Health, 2006) Now, 17 quarters can change that. The time for Reform is Now for Michigan. (1) The average premium increase for a family of four is about $4 per month in studies done in other states.