Advocacy Day Recap

On Wednesday February 15, Indiana ACT for Families joined Indiana Providers of Effective Autism Treatment (InPEAT) for an Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. The organizations banded together with ABA providers, therapists, Hoosier families and other autism advocacy groups to emphasize the impact that a Medicaid reimbursement rate cut would have on the access and quality of autism care in the state. Members spoke with Representatives and Senators from across the state to tell their stories and advocate for their support on the issue.

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch Meets with Coalition Members

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch took the time to meet with various members of the coalition to discuss the actions that need to be taken to protect access and quality of autism therapy services. The Lieutenant Governor later thanked the coalition on Twitter for the work they are doing for Hoosier families and children with autism.

Providers, Parents, Therapists and Advocacy Groups Meet with Representatives and Senators

Rachel Deaton (left), Autism Society of Indiana, and Christina Snider (right), parent, speak with Governor Holcomb’s State Legislative Director, Tyler Ness (middle)
Bill Cochrane (left), Circle City, and Colin Sheridan (middle), Lighthouse, speak with Rep. Tim O’Brien (right)
Colin Sheridan, Lighthouse; Christina Snider, parent; Rachel Deaton, Autism Society of Indiana; and Bill Cochrane, Circle City; met with Rep. Dale DeVon
Members of the InPEAT Board (right) met with Sen. David Niezgodski (left)

Members shared their stories with Senators and Representatives to explain the personal impact that a cut to Medicaid reimbursement rates would have on the care they so greatly depend on and provide. They also made personal connections with legislators who also have children and grandchildren with autism.

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