Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Autism: Discontinued State Insurance Coverage

I had another post planned, but it will have to wait. I'll be taking a hiatus for a couple weeks as I'm currently working on another writing project.

It would seem that today our State medicaid office has decided that Nolan has received all the speech therapies he needs for 2009. Because we have private insurance through my work as well, they feel they have been providing him more services than he's entitled to.

In order to make things fair for him and all the rest of the recipients of speech services (regardless of need or cause), one Medicaid representative (I'll keep her name to myself for the time being) has made the unilateral decision to yank our son's services away from him. These are services he has been getting for two years now, and because the therapies have been "prolonged" in their words (and because we parents have been thoroughly trained in the therapy process), we can now stop being parents and take over as his therapists, utilizing the school-trained therapists (who get paid to do this) for guidance.

Some soulless, anonymous asshat in a, barren, similarly soulless office has decided that all children who receive therapy services need the same amount and quality of services, and once a limit has been reached, said services are withdrawn by the bureaucracy. I'm all about saving money. But just because my health insurer is providing a degree of coverage, should Medicaid stop covering the remainder because it's not fair to everyone else?

Apparently so.

Anyhow, I could go on here forever, but I have an article to write. It's one of the things I'm good at. Oh, I'll remain objective and fair, and I will keep much of my emotion in check (just to make it a balanced report). But I have to take a little time away from SCDD.

Just because I'm taking leave for a couple weeks or so, doesn't mean you should stop commenting. I need your feedback and input. Please. Keep commenting and I'll keep checking; I just won't be posting for a bit. So here I go, off to the paper-and-ink pages.




Corrie Howe said...

I'm sorry to hear this. It is frustrating and stressful. Best wishes to you on your new writing project.

Deanna Schrayer said...

You know what I think Jon - scream a little louder...

Jon G said...


It is becoming more and more stressfull --- now my wife has become an unpaid therapist, and being a Mommy has taken a back seat. It's bogus, I have to say.

Thanks so much for caring.

Jon G said...


These people don't want to hear me won't be good. Well, maybe in the long run, it will. Pass the word along, though!