What’s All the “Brewer-Ha-Ha” about Arizona?
It’s on the other side of a country three time zones away from you. You have never been there. You don’t know anyone who lives there. You have enough on your plate with your own family and your child’s needs.
Why should you care about what is happening in the state of Arizona?
Arizona became the fourth state to enact autism insurance reform legislation in the spring of 2008. In 2011, their legislature became the first state to pass a bill that would effectively reverse the progress made three years ago. That legislation now sits on Governor Brewer’s desk awaiting its fate – to become law or to get her veto stamp.
On its face, this new legislation appears harmless and expansive of our free enterprise, capitalist society. Let the interstate commerce trading of insurance policies begin under the premise of increased competition in the market to allow for reduced health care costs! But at what price? If SB 1593 is signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, it will allow companies to shop outside the great state of Arizona – perhaps in states where autism insurance reform has not passed – potentially leaving families alone holding the bag once again for their exorbitant children’s health care costs which can quickly and easily be upwards of $75,000 each year.
Just watch the evening news any given week and you can see that Arizona politics these days are writhe with state’s rights and state pride. “Don’t tell us what to do. We are Arizona.” That said, how is it possible that Arizona legislators would then choose to hand over regulatory authority of healthcare coverage for their constituency to say…Rhode Island? If SB 1593 is signed into law, policies will be purchased across state lines, or even across the country. Citizens will have no recourse – subject to the whims of the other state’s legislature, regulation committees and judicial system. They will have no representation at all.
Last week, Autism Speaks launched an aggressive campaign asking Governor Brewer to veto the bill. Members of our Government Relations team met with her office. We purchased television air time for commercials. We sent eblasts to rally the Arizona community.
This week we are asking people all across America to pitch in with the heavy lifting. We need it.
There is a company generating robocalls to call for Governor Brewer’s signature into law. And their ever efficient robodialer is delivering calls to Governor Brewer’s office at a higher rate than our community – a community exhausted from fighting our fight at every turn.
Help us prove that our grassroots advocates are better than robots.
This is simply a domino that we cannot afford to let fall. A victory for the opposition would bolster resolve to introduce similar legislation in every state where reform initiatives have passed.
Who cares about Arizona politics? You should. Your insurance coverage, or your hope of obtaining it, is now in great jeopardy. As a community we must stand strong. We must come to Arizona’s aid. We must politely ask Governor Brewer to do the right thing – to veto SB 1593 and preserve the accomplishments of Steven’s Law.
Regardless of what state you live in, please call Governor Brewer’s office at 602.542.4331. Press #4 for a live person. Say “I am calling to ask Governor Brewer to veto SB 1593.” Tell your friends. Post it on your Facebook. Send it out through Twitter. Ask for accountability from your friends and family. Ask them to demonstrate publically that they have completed the mission by writing “DONE” below your post.
Nothing in life is ever easy. To preserve progress, we must be ever vigilant.
To learn more about what is happening in Arizona or to learn how you can become more involved in federal and state initiatives, please visit www.autismvotes.org and sign up today!