The complexities of insurance create significant barriers to accessing care and treatment for autism/ID. The Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC) has an outstanding track record of providing timely and comprehensive technical assistance to consumers, providers, clinicians, educators and others to help them navigate and access medical systems and insurance for autism/ID treatment and care.
WHAT MAKES THIS VENDOR UNIQUE
- The Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC) is the only organization dedicated solely to providing technical assistance on insurance-related issues for people with autism.
- AIRC’s key personnel have first-hand experience with autism as parents and siblings, and are well-respected leaders in the autism community, serving on numerous commissions and advisory boards.
- AIRC has an outstanding reputation for timely and thoughtful responsiveness, answering all inquiries within 24 hours or less.
- AIRC’s extensive knowledge base and breadth of professional and personal experiences give them unique abilities to resolve complex issues at multiple levels and relate to the consumers they serve.
A SUCCESSFUL TA EXPERIENCE
AIRC helps people with autism throughout the lifespan. TA needs vary depending on a person’s age. Included are vignettes from clients illustrating the TA provided and its impact:
Toddler:” You were instrumental is guiding us through the maze of Early Intervention, medical insurance and services. Dealing with Autism has multiple challenges, and your support with the medical insurance is so critical. It is life changing for families like us.”
School Age: “My son entered a substantially separate classroom, limited to 90 minutes of speech weekly, and 60 minutes of OT weekly. He needed outside supports, exclusively available through health insurance. Accessing services has transformed our lives. In each of his targeted goals for both ABA and speech therapy, he has not only achieved his goals, but mastered them.”
Young Adult: “I’ve struggled with a developmental disability since birth, and it’s been a long, hard road. We were quite relieved to have your assistance navigating the complicated health insurance system. All your time and effort are much appreciated.”
The statements in this document are made solely by The Autism Insurance Resource Center. No statement in this document should be construed as an official position of or endorsement by Abt Associates Inc. or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
ABOUT AUTISM INSURANCE RESOURCE CENTER
The Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC) is part of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, which supports research, education, and services aimed at improving the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. The AIRC was established in 2011, shortly after the passage of ARICA (An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism), groundbreaking legislation requiring insurance to cover medically necessary autism treatments. AIRC provides technical assistance, navigation services, information and referral on issues related to insurance coverage for autism treatments to individuals with ID/autism, families, providers, clinicians, educators and others.
ORGANIZATION FUN FACTS
- AIRC loves their pets -including chickens, dogs, and fish!
- When not providing technical assistance, AIRC’s Director is often spotted knitting colorful socks.
QUOTES FROM CLIENTS
“Assisting parents in accessing information and related autism services is an integral part of the Nurse Care Manager’s role, a function made that much easier through the willing support and cooperation of AIRC and its staff who never hesitate to offer resources and guidance to parents and providers alike. Their ability to de-mystify insurance coverages, clarify options and rectify related problems at both the commercial and government-subsidized levels has contributed significantly to the implementation of patients services that might not otherwise have occurred were it not for AIRC’s commitment, savvy and collaborative spirit.”