Tuscaloosa family advocates to City Council for more autism medical health insurance advantages

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

Allan Hinson, a Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue worker, and his wife Elizabeth Hinson came upon around 6 months ago that their twin daughters, Mattie and Milly, were diagnosed with Autism.

Luckily, their girls received an early diagnosis and were capable of be guided to many useful resources around Tuscaloosa, including the University of Alabama’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.

Upon the beginning of the women’ therapies, the family quickly realized that their insurance policy through the City of Tuscaloosa doesn’t cover ABA, speech, and even occupational therapies.

The family shared that these therapies needed for his or her girls were trying to cost them around $234,000 without the extra insurance coverage needed.

“Families who work for town and don’t have the coverage they were unable to go as steadily as they needed to for his or her children or they weren’t capable of get services in any respect because they didn’t have insurance to cover it,” said Elizabeth, Milly and Mattie’s Mom.

“So, with the number of youngsters which might be diagnosed with ASD annually, I feel this can help impact numerous families.”

Elizabeth took it upon herself, with the assistance of friends, to start advocating to the Tuscaloosa City Council to possibly add additional advantages to the present autism coverage under the City’s medical health insurance plan.

This past week, the City of Tuscaloosa decided to maneuver forward and consider adding the extra coverage into next yr’s advantages package.

“Hopefully if the council votes it in, it would turn into effective on October 1, 2022. So, we’re really enthusiastic about that,” said Elizabeth.

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