Happy Friday, everyone-
Proposed changes to health care continue to concern us, as we’re sure it does you, too. Many of WV’s kids with autism rely on Medicaid and CHIP for their insurance and services, so this concern will continue for many months to come.
We wanted to share our most recent letter to Senator Shelley Moore Capito; it’s the second letter we’ve sent to her this year. I met with her DC staff a few months ago; I’m convinced they’re concerned about these kids and families, too. We feel a responsibility to remind them of what’s at stake for them, and for all of us.
Let us know if you have any ideas/suggestions for next steps in working with all of our legislators, both nationally and here at home.
Dear Senator Capito:
As the national debate around health care continues, the Mountaineer Autism Project (MAP) is gravely concerned about what potential changes may mean for kids with autism in our state. Below is our organization’s official statement. We hope you will deeply, diligently consider the affected lives of countless children and families.
The Mountaineer Autism Project believes that the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives will have a devastating impact on West Virginia’s children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. At a minimum, we know that the bill cuts more than $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, resulting in at least 24 million more uninsured people within a decade. Thousands of West Virginians with autism rely on Medicaid for their health care services.
If the AHCA becomes law, it will open the door for insurers to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, putting kids and adults with autism at risk. The bill turns back the clock to a time when insurers could deny coverage for life-saving treatments by imposing annual and lifetime caps. We WILL NOT go back to that time when the most vulnerable among us could—at any moment—lose their health care.
We ask all of our elected representatives to stand up for our state’s children and families affected by autism. Let’s keep them covered!
We welcome an opportunity to discuss this with you further, as it’s up to all of us to protect these younger generations of West Virginians.
MAP’s Executive Team