Publicity about autism sheds light on vital issue

‘I thank The Times for the article on Dec. 29, 2012 titled, “Autism services now covered by insurance in Ohio.”

The Autism Society of Ohio greatly appreciates Gov. Kasich’s leadership to include autism services as a part of the essential health care package offered through the ACA’s insurance exchanges for individuals with autism ages birth to 21. Gov. Kasich also added this same benefit package as part of the state employee health benefit package.

This shows great compassion to support these individuals and their families who struggle to access insurance benefits to provide treatments for the symptoms of this disorder. We appreciate the work of the governor and his staff, parents, advocates, our legislative leaders, and business partners in recognizing the importance of autism and its effect on families here in Ohio by taking this significant step. Research shows that early intervention helps make a significant and lifelong difference in the lives of children with autism by improving social, cognitive and communication skills, and by helping families develop the unique skills they need to raise their children. The Autism Society of Ohio looks forward to working with the governor’s office to implement these changes. Families and community can follow these developments at www.autismohio.org.

Marla Root

Autism Society of Ohio

Public Policy Chair

Columbus