Over 1,900 of our members work at Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser workers strive to provide good, quality patient care for our community; because of that, we are concerned about some of Kaiser’s recent decisions, including the company’s decision to oppose insurance coverage for certain Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) treatments.
In Hawai‘i’s 2013 legislative session, autism advocates supported a bill which would have helped individuals with autism spectrum disorders get insurance to cover behavioral treatments. Today, an estimated one in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder, and this bill could have gone a long way toward improving the quality of life of many of those children and their families. Despite an outpouring of testimony in support, the bill was deferred until 2014. In early hearings, there were only four testifiers that opposed the bill. We were dismayed and upset to find that Kaiser Permanente was one of them.
Will you join us today in urging Kaiser to do the right thing and make a real commitment to quality patient care? Sign our petition and share it with your friends on Facebook.