The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, goes into effect across the nation on January 1, 2014 and NOW is the time for families impacted by autism to understand what this means for them. Healthcare marketplaces must be operational by October 1, 2013. The goal of this nationwide program is to increase the number of Americans with health coverage and cut the overall cost of healthcare. More
The Lanterman Act and SB 946 are in serious jeopardy. The Governor has proposed Trailer Bill Language that would forbid Regional Centers from reimbursing insurance deductibles and severely limit their ability to pay co-pays/co-insurance. As of now the Legislature has adopted this language. If you do not act it will become permanent and any families who are currently receiving funding for co-pays or deductibles from any Regional Center are at risk of losing them starting July 1, 2013. The circumstance is dire and immediate action is needed to reverse this outcome. More
All 10 of the legislators listed below plus the Governor are key decision makers who need to be contacted. This issue can be decided at any time so please don't wait.
Please follow this protocol and use this exact language when making your calls and sending your emails. We want a unified message coming from all organizations and individuals who are making contact. This is very important.
CONTACT INFO: Governor Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 (Ph) (Fx) 916-558-3160
Phone call language when calling the Governor:
"Please withdraw the Trailer Bill Language regarding Regional Center co-pays and deductibles for developmental disabilities. Save the Lanterman Act and don't undermine Senator Steinberg's SB 946".
Language to cut and paste into the Governor's Contact Page: Use this link to access the page:
(You can cut and paste the below information into the Governor's contact page. Complete the requested information. In the space where it says "Please choose your subject" click on the drop down arrow and click on "Health and Human Services". If you are an organization, say "I am writing on behalf of XYZ organization representing (# of people)".
Dear Governor Brown,
Please WITHDRAW the Trailer Bill Language contained in the Department of Developmental Services Budget Item that would forbid reimbursement by Regional Centers for deductibles and severely limit their ability to pay co-pays/coinsurance for critical intervention services for persons with developmental disabilities, including autism. Please SAVE the Lanterman Act and DO NOT UNDERMINE Senator Steinberg's SB 946.
Phone call language when calling everyone else:
"Please reject the Governor's Trailer Bill Language regarding Regional Center co-pays and deductibles for developmental disabilities. Save the Lanterman Act and don't undermine Senator Steinberg's SB 946".
Email Language when contacting everyone else: (You can cut and paste the below information into your email. The only personalization you need to make is "Dear Senator ___________" or "Dear Assembly Member _______________". Sign your name. If you are an organization, say "I am writing on behalf of XYZ organization representing (# of people)". Sign your name and your title.
Dear Senator/Assemblymember X,
Please REJECT the Governor's Trailer Bill Language contained in the Department of Developmental Services Budget Item that would forbid reimbursement by Regional Centers for deductibles and severely limit their ability to pay co-pays/coinsurance for critical intervention services for persons with developmental disabilities, including autism. Please SAVE the Lanterman Act and DO NOT UNDERMINE Senator Steinberg's SB 946.
Senator Darrell Steinberg Senator.Steinberg@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4006
Speaker John Perez Speaker.Perez@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319- 2053
Budget Conference Committee Members
Chair - Senator Mark Leno Senator.Leno@senate.ca.gov (916) 651-4011
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield Assemblymember.Blumenfield@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2045
Senator Kevin DeLeon Senator.DeLeon@sen.ca.gov (916) 651-4022
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell Assemblymember.Mitchell@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2054
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner - Assemblymember.Skinner@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319 - 2015
Senator Loni Hancock Senator.Hancock@sen.ca.gov (916) 651-4009
Senator Bill Emmerson Senator.Emmerson@sen.ca.gov (916) 651-4023
Assemblymember Jeff Gorell - Assemblymember.Gorrell@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319 - 2044
If you have any problems getting through via phone calls or email, send a fax as a last resort. See below for fax numbers:
Senator Darrell Steinberg 916-323-2263
Speaker John Perez 916-319-2146
Senator Mark Leno 916-445-4722
Senator Kevin DeLeon 916-327-8817
Senator Bill Emmerson 916-327-2272
Senator Loni Hancock 916-327-1997
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield 916-319-2145
Assemblymember Jeff Gorell 916-319-2144
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell 916-319-2154
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner 916-319-2115
On behalf of the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, we thank you in advance for your advocacy. Your voice will make a difference. There is strength in numbers. Together we are stronger.
Marcia J. Eichelberger
Alliance of California Autism Organizations, Coordinator
Autism Society of California, President
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