Los Angeles (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
Shannon Penrod and Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, hosts of “Let’s Talk Autism with Shannon & Nancy,” a segment on Autism Live, are teaming up with the autism community on April 23, 2014 to spearhead the “Coverage for Autism Now” or “CAN” campaign. Organizations such as Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), ACT Today!, Special Needs Network, Love My Provider and My Thiero Boys are participating to help raise awareness of the need to provide coverage to the many families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The two moms are asking everyone to stand in solidarity and join the movement by writing “CAN” somewhere visible on their body or clothing, take a picture and post it on Autism Live’s Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AutismLive.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in every 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD, with one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls diagnosed. This makes it more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and pediatric AIDs combined. California has an autism mandate and offers coverage for autism treatment through its state exchange.
“While insurance reform has helped many, we are all painfully aware of the families who have lost insurance coverage, remain uninsured, or have no means of paying for expensive co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles,” said Shannon Penrod, host of Autism Live.
“California’s Senator Steinberg was clear about the state of insurance reform for the coverage of autism treatment when he recently said, ‘We ain’t done yet!’,” said Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, executive director of ACT Today!. “We are asking everyone to demand every health plan in every state provide coverage for autism.”
The “Coverage for Autism Now” segment on “Let’s Talk Autism with Shannon & Nancy” will air on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:00 AM PDT at http://www.autism-live.com. The segment will also be available online thereafter. Autism Live is a popular web show for the autism community that provides information and resources to families living with autism and gives viewers the opportunity to ask questions live on the show.
About Autism Live
Autism Live is a free interactive web show providing support, resources, information, facts, entertainment, and inspiration to parents, teachers, and practitioners working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Viewers are encouraged to participate by asking questions of experts, offering suggestions for upcoming topics, and sharing their children’s progress. For more information, visit http://www.autism-live.com.