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IL Illinois Autism Bill Would Mandate Insurance Coverage of $36,000 a Year - Insurance companies would be required to cover autism diagnosis and treatment up to $36,000 a year under legislation sent to the governor Thursday. The action marks a victory for advocates who say early intervention and therapy is key to helping children with autism gain communication and social skills.


Pennsylvania Bill Mandates Insurance for Autism - For Karin Fox, Caroline's mother, the shock of learning her daughter had autism only worsened when she realized health insurance wouldn't cover extensive, and expensive, treatments for the disorder. "It was like a full-time job," Fox, of Narberth, said of figuring out how to pay for Caroline's therapies, "but one that you were never, ever done with."


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UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Offers Medical Assistance Grants - The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is offering support to meet the needs of children across the United States with assistance grants for medical services not fully covered by health insurance. Parents and caretakers across the country will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for healthcare services that will help improve their children's health and quality of life. Examples of the types of medical services covered by UHCCF grants include speech therapy, physical therapy, and psycho- therapy sessions; medical equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, and eyeglasses; and orthodontia and dental treatments. Any child 16 years old or younger living in any UnitedHealthcare region of the United States and in need of financial assistance for healthcare services will be considered eligible for a grant. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States, and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan.


Do Children with Special Health Care Needs Get Needed Behavioral Health Care? (PDF) - Twelve percent of all children enrolled in commercial plans have special health care needs. Almost 40 percent of them have an emotional or behavioral disorder. Left untreated, they can impede personal, social, and cognitive development. This data update is the third in a series designed to keep commercial health plans abreast of the critical issues involved in caring for children with special health care needs.

MI Special-needs Children Can Get Help with Medical Bills - Children with special needs who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for medical assistance grants of as much as $5,000 through the Minneapolis-based UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. Medical services covered by UHCCF grants include speech therapy; physical therapy; psychological counseling; medical equipment, including wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids and eyeglasses, and braces and dental care. Children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan. To donate or learn more, please visit or call 800-328-5979, Ext. 24459. To leave a voicemail message, call 952-992-4459. [Feb. 2007]

Featured Website: Covering Kids & Families - Covering Kids & Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or visit


MI The Problem of the Uninsured In the United States - Since its start 2 years ago, Livonia-based Z.I.A.D. has delivered health care to thousands of uninsured people across Southeast Michigan.


Free Online Course: "What is Children's Special Health Care Services?" - This course covers the basics of Michigan's Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program. The course is designed to assure that all "relevant" professionals have sufficient knowledge to respond appropriately to potentially eligible families. It also may help families understand who may be eligible for the CSHCS program and get other information. Professionals and families who are in touch with persons with disabilities/special needs will gain straight-forward, useful information. The aim of offering this course is to boost understanding so that all who may be eligible will be referred to CSHCS. Course features: ten sections that cover a wide range of topics; links to resources for families; readily accessible and easy to use; take in one sitting or many; average completion time is 45 minutes or less. Visit, select the "Children's Special Health Care Services" course, create a FREE account and begin! It's that easy.


U.S. HIPAA: Patient Privacy Rules Bring Wide Confusion - The transplant patient was recovering well when doctors discovered that his new heart might have been infected with bacteria before the operation. When the doctors sought more information so they could give the man the right antibiotics, the hospital where the donor had died refused, citing new federal patient privacy rules.  "It was ridiculous. The only live part of the donor was in our patient," said Deeb Salem.


The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has officially launched Dedicated to helping consumers get the most out of their health care, this website features hundreds of articles with information about everything from keeping health care costs down and coping with emergencies to dealing with denied claims and what people can do when they lose coverage.

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