I am changing stuff up here folks because well… I need to. This post will still be about Autism but it is not about my journey with it. No this post is about the 23,000 military family children who have autism’s journey.
Last month I had the great honor of meeting a very active military spouse who is an outstanding Military Family Advocate. This gentleman is also the father to a special needs child himself. Although his child does not have autism, he knows how difficult it is for the families who do to get the services they need to help their child. You see TRICARE is a federal program and not subject to state insurance laws . Currently TRICARE segregates ABA ( Applied Behavior Analysis) treatment into a separate arm of TRICARE called the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO). ECHO is a secondary enrollment to the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and is only available for dependents of active-duty service members. Let me repeat that… active duty service members only. That means that those who retire after twenty years and those who are forced to medically retire due to injury or disease are not eligible to access ABA treatments for their child.
I asked my new friend what I could do to help, there had to be something. He said to please help spread the word and to get people to support the HR2288, Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, which addresses the medical necessity of ABA treatment for autism, and removes barriers of the ECHO program. I promised him I would.
For several weeks I have been trying to figure out how I could write a post that would touch you readers and make you actually take action. What could I say that would make a difference. Then today I saw Jess ‘from A Diary of A Mom post. I watched the video and I knew that this was what I needed to post. This is what you all needed to see. For if this doesn’t move you to act, well then I don’t know what will. So please watch this video below and then click HERE and ask your United States House of Representatives to support CMKAA. The site makes it easy to do and even has the email written out for you. Please do it for the 23,000 Military Family children with autism. As it says on the site,
” For all that our brave men and women do to keep us tucked safely asleep at night, we surely cannot deny our military families access to the care our warrior kids with autism need and are entitled to.”
Never leave a fallen solider behind…