Amy Weinstock in Worcester Business Journal: new insurance tool helps families access coverage for autism services

September 21, 2015

When the daughter of Amy K. Weinstock, director of UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center, was diagnosed with autism 16 years ago, health insurance didn’t cover medical treatments to help the disorder. Most states today require insurance to cover some treatments for autism, and UMass Medical School’s new autism insurance tool is helping families access that coverage, Weinstock wrote in Worcester Business Journal's Health quarterly.

Massachusetts’ autism insurance law, which took effect in 2011, is one of the most comprehensive in the country, Weinstock said in the Sept. 21 Worcester Business Journal column. UMass Medical School’s “Am I Covered?” tool helps families determine whether their insurance is subject to the state’s autism insurance law. Information is provided for alternatives to accessing treatment for policies that don’t include coverage, Weinstock wrote in the column.

“Am I Covered?” was created by the Autism Insurance Resource Center and INDEX, units within UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. The resource center was founded in March 2011 after the state autism insurance law was passed. In addition to helping families and caregivers access medically necessary autism treatments, the resource center assists providers, employers and educators on a broad range of issues related to medical insurance for autism treatment. INDEX is a technology development group.

Weinstock wrote in the column that she is proud to have led efforts to pass the autism insurance law in Massachusetts.