Medicare for Autism Now! Society
May 31, 2016
For Immediate Release
Medicare for autism is now a Liberal Party of Canada policy priority
Vancouver – Last weekend, delegates to the Liberal Party of Canada’s national convention, held in Winnipeg, voted overwhelmingly to make Medicare coverage for autism treatment – Applied Behavioural Analysis – a priority.
“This is a huge step forward! When it moves from the Liberal policy book to the country’s law books, it will dramatically improve the lives of Canadians affected by autism. This will end health-care discrimination against some ofCanada’s most vulnerable,” said MFAN director, Jean Lewis, “Our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Liberal delegates for doing the right thing, and, especially, to those who worked so hard both at the convention and beforehand to make this happen.”
Now it’s up to the Liberal cabinet and caucus to transform their party’s number one health priority resolution into law. MFAN intends to be inOttawa in the next short while to work with those in government who can get this done.
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For further information, contact Jean Lewis at 604-290-5737 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Resolution calling for ABA treatment to be universally accessible and covered under Medicare
The following resolution calling for ABA treatment to be universally accessible and covered under Medicare was passed at the Liberal Party of Canada’s BC policy convention in Victoria on March 13th. Six hundred delegates attended the convention and voted on a total of 69 resolutions. Our resolution received the second most votes, missing first place by merely 5 votes! This means that our resolution is going forward to be voted on at the Liberal Party of Canada’s national convention in Winnipeg from May 26th to 28th. This is a game changer! This will be the first time our issue has ever been on a federal political party’s policy agenda, let alone the governing political party.
Click Autism Resolution to open PDF.
Here’s how you can help:
Between now and May 28th
Medicare’s Orphans – A film about the fight to get healthcare for children with autism in Canada.
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Medicare is not available for autism treatment anywhere in Canada despite a government run health plan that is supposedly universal. Canadian governments at both the federal and provincial level are ignoring this national health epidemic by refusing to cover the only uniquely effective autism treatment – applied behaviour analysis (ABA) under our universal health care system. Our Medicare system was created to cover the core health needs of ALL Canadians, yet children with a mental or neurological disability, such as autism, are excluded from health insurance coverage. This discrimination must end.