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For some families, providing therapy to a family member with autism can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. This financial burden can be especially onerous to military families who are struggling without adequate healthcare insurance, either due to caps on coverage or because the service member isn't on active duty.
New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Uniformed Services with Autism (USA) Heroes Act, a bill aimed at providing military families with fair coverage for autism therapy. Before the passage of the Heroes Act, military families were limited to $3,000 per month in coverage for autism treatment. The coverage also only applied to those who were on active duty.
Now, there is no cap on the coverage families can receive, and even veterans have access to autism care. Sign the petition thanking Senator Gillibrand for fighting for military families dealing with autism — and winning!
Dear Senator Gillibrand,
I would like to express my gratitude to you for your continued dedication to our military families impacted by autism.
Facing autism within a military family can be especially difficult. Military families are inherently different than the traditional families we think of — the family member in service is often unable to be home to help care for an autistic child, creating a unique environment in which one parent or important member of the family is gone much of the time.
But children with autism need stability and structure in their home lives, and having a parent in the military can disrupt the familial foundation he or she needs.
That's why it's so important that military families dealing with autism are able to receive the coverage they need in order to give a family member who is autistic the best possible care available.
Thank you for your tireless work in seeing that the Uniformed Services with Autism (USA) Heroes Act passed into law and that military families dealing with autism are supported in the highest possible regard.