Health Care

It can be hard for autistic people to get the health care we need. Some obstacles to getting care are not having insurance, having insurance that doesn’t cover what we need, or not being near health care providers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made it much easier for autistic people to get good insurance. It is important to protect the progress we made. There is still so much more to do to make sure that everyone who needs health care can get it. Efforts to make health care better need to focus on strengthening, improving, or going beyond the ACA. 

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🎢 ASAN August Update 🎢

ASAN August Newsletter Dear friend, Just like a rollercoaster, the quintessential summer fun, advocacy has its highs and lows, twists and turns. While we may not be as fun as an amusement park, here are some updates on the advocacy work we took on this month. We were disappointed when, despite sustained advocacy by our…

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Letter to HHS Office for Civil Rights on equitable COVID-19 recovery

These comments are available as a PDF here. Melanie Fontes RainerActing DirectorOffice for Civil Rights (OCR)Department of Health and Human Services Samuel BagenstosGeneral Counsel (OGC)Department of Health and Human Services Dear Acting Director Fontes Rainer and General Counsel Bagenstos, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Epilepsy Foundation, Justice in Aging,…

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Comments Re: SAFE Initiative Call for Testimony

These comments are available as a .pdf here. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) appreciates the opportunity to provide recommendations on the contents of best practice guidelines for health care providers treating children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are grateful that the SAFE Initiative seeks to improve the experiences of disabled children in this…

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