Autism coverage spurned

It was heartbreaking recently at the Georgia Capitol to watch autism families fight for insurance coverage for their children. Beyond heartbreaking, it was a reprehensible act for the legislators to table that bill until at least next year.

State Sen. Renee Unterman was opposed to the bill because it would raise insurance premiums for others. Yet, many states already cover some treatments for children on the autism spectrum, and the rise was minimal. Comments from other senators such as “ I’m on your side” or “I’ll do what I can for you” ring as empty as the bank accounts of most autism families.

I cannot think of another illness that is so discriminated against as autism. Would the legislators deny insurance coverage to children with cancer or diabetes? I think not.

It’s time to take another look at those representatives who claim to be looking out for their constituents, when in fact they’re on the other side cheering for the insurance companies.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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