Archived | Autism Speaks: The ATAA Bill Needs Your Help to Get Cosponsors – Call Your Members of Congress Today | Circa June 16, 2008

Autism Votes via Jun 16, 2009, 1:50 PM
to Genevieve

Autism Votes… It’s time for lawmakers to listen. 

Dear Autism Advocate,

We are ramping up our grassroots efforts for the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (ATAA) and need your immediate attention and support on this issue because to date no Members of Congress from your state have stepped up to the plate to co-sponsor the bill! They need to hear from you and everyone you know.

You live in a state that does not yet have autism insurance reform legislation at a state level.

The ATAA is a vehicle to provide your children with the access to therapy and treatments through effective insurance coverage. We need your Members of Congress to sign on today!

Through this piece of federal legislation, we have the opportunity to end autism insurance discrimination once and for all children with autism in your state as well as from coast to coast!

Health insurance reform is the buzz word in Washington, DC right now but in order to cover our kids we need to generate our own buzz in our own community by generating thousands and thousands of calls to Capitol Hill this week and next.

   Here is How YOU Can Help:

1. CALL YOUR SENATORS IN CONGRESS AND ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR THE ATAA (Senate Bill 819)! To date neither one of the Senators from your state have signed onto this bill that will provide appropriate insurance coverage for all the children with autism in your state. We need you to call both Senator Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senator Sen. Barbara Boxer.Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Phone: (202) 224-3841

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Phone: (202) 224-3553

(Note: If you do not see the names and phone numbers for your Senators listed above, you can look them up HERE!)


Additionally no House Member has signed onto this bill from your state yet. Representative Rep. Radanovich needs to hear from you, your friends and your family. Call and ask them to sign onto the ATAA today!

Rep. George Radanovich
Phone: (202) 225-4540

(Note: If you do not see the names and phone numbers for your Representative listed above, you can look them up HERE!)

Not sure of what to say? It’s easy! Just say this:

“Hi! My name is ____________. I am a constituent of yours and live in (City, State). I am calling to ask you to cosponsor the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (give the appropriate bill number – Senate is S. 819 and House is H.R. 2413). Some states have the kind of coverage that they need for children with autism. We do not have those same opportunities available to our children here in (state). We need your help to end autism insurance discrimination. Thank you so much.”

Once you have completed your call, you can send emails to your Congressional members HERE!

3. FORWARD THIS TO 20 OTHER PEOPLE THAT CAN HELP YOU! If you have ever heard someone say, “I wish there was something we could do to help (insert your child’s name here)!”, now they can. It is a cost effective way to truly help your child and the other children with autism not only in your state, but nationwide.

For more information on the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act, please visit

Together we can get America’s children appropriate coverage for the treatments and therapies they need!

Happy dialing!

Shelley Hendrix
Director of State Advocacy Relations
Autism Speaks

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