Lorri Unumb – Hawaii Autism Insurance Update / It’s Not Easy Being Green
1.0 Type II CE Credits
This presentation was filmed at the 2015 Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference
About the presenter:
Lorri Shealy Unumb, JD, is the Vice President of State Government Affairs at Autism Speaks. Lorri began her work in autism advocacy as a volunteer. In 2008, she was recruited by the New York-based non-profit Autism Speaks, where she now advocates full-time on behalf of individuals with autism. As head of state government affairs, she has testified more than 80 times on health insurance issues in legislatures around the country. A frequent keynote speaker, Lorri still teaches a health care law seminar at George Washington University Law School called “Autism and the Law.” She and her husband Dan wrote the first-ever comprehensive textbook on legal issues related to autism, also called “Autism and the Law.” Lorri and Dan recently founded the Autism Academy of South Carolina, a non-profit center in Columbia serving the year-round educational and therapeutic needs of children on the spectrum.
About the presentation:
This presentation reviews Hawaii’s recent legislation regarding coverage of ABA treatment for children and young adults with autism as well as provides helpful information regarding Autism insurance reform across the United States. She explores the reasons autism treatments have historically not been covered by health insurance and discuss arguments to refute those reasons. She examines the language of the new autism insurance laws, specifically using the recent legislation of “Luke’s Law” in Hawaii as an example.
Participants will be able to discuss how insurance coverage for autism services is affected by plan type.
Participants will be able to state the key terms and features of a typical autism insurance mandate.
Participants will be able to discuss the current state of autism insurance reform in America.