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The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Advocacy Committee was formed in 2008 to work on the passage of Steven’s Law. Steven’s Law provides for medical treatment and care for children with Autism, including applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy and speech therapy. We believe that the earlier the treatment, the greater the lifetime impact on the child. As a major stakeholder, we believe that Arizona families should be allowed to participate in the free market system and purchase insurance that covers Autism. The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix partnered with other stakeholders to ensure the passage of Steven’s Law. Before 2009, parents in Arizona were unable to access their insurance to pay for Autism treatment and had to rely solely on state and federal service. Children diagnosed with Aspergers were unable to access any medical treatment through the state or federal services.

The current mission of our committee is to educate parents and professionals on how to access insurance coverage for services for Autism treatment. Our goal is to ensure that all families that qualify for this coverage know it, understand it and access it for their children. We also want to ensure that there are enough providers to provide quality programs and competition to give our families choice of providers within the network. Our second goal, is to help parents with self funded plans to understand their plan, get services paid for by the plan if possible, and educate employers to add Autism insurance benefits. We work with and are members of the Autism Insurance Work Group in partnership with other stakeholders. The head of our advocacy committee, Cynthia Macluskie, has spoken locally and nationally on insurance issues.

* This listing should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation either by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix or its Board of Directors. It is merely a collection of individuals/entities/resources that have been deemed helpful or recommended by consumers. Please notify us if any information needs to be updated.

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Cynthia Macluskie Insurance Solutions
Services: Independent insurance agent helping clients navigate Medicare, Medicaid, and third party billing.
Phone: (602) 571-1118