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Your voice counts with autism insurance reform!

As we step up and make our voices count by voting, I encourage you to make yourselves heard about insurance reform for autism as well. Paul Terdal has worked tirelessly to keep Oregon families updated on autism insurance reform at this site.

The state of Washington is going through major transformation as the Washington Supreme Court ruled that Regence pay for neurodevelopmental therapies (speech, occupational, and physical therapy) as a treatment for autism, without age limits. Regence had been providing coverage, but imposed an age limit of 6 beyond which coverage was denied whether medically necessary or not. View the official ruling here.

Unfortunately, this settlement with Regence applies to Washington only – in Oregon, Regence continues to issue denials of ABA, despite the Insurance Commissioner’s statements and draft bulletins declaring this to be illegal. The state of Oregon’s Judge Simon reached a similar conclusion with Oregon’s Mental Health Parity in AF v Providence case.  As Oregon continues to work on this issue, you can find bulletins here. Please stay tuned for calls to action as we unite to obtain coverage for autism in Oregon.

Thank you for your support, families.

Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC

Music Therapy Services of Portland

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Music Therapy in Portland September News

2013-08-29 17.35.24Hello, families. I hope that all is going well as your kids transition into the school year. Music Therapy Services of Portland will continue to hold monthly groups on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Registration for the September 14th groups is available here.

If you’re interested in weekly or bi-weekly groups, please send me an email. There are families already interested and we’re just waiting for the right match for a sustainable music therapy group.

Dr. Petra Kern just released the latest edition of imagine, the online magazine dedicated to early childhood music therapy. There is a special section for parents that might prove helpful. Check it out here: Parents section of imagine.

SpecialCare Planning team just released information about Lights Up Sound Down: Sensory Friendly Movies. They’re showing Cloudy with a side of meatballs on October 5th in Beaverton. This event is free for families with a special needs child.

Finally, here’s the latest edition of My Favorite Apps.

Have a wonderful month and I look forward to seeing many of you soon!

Angie Kopshy

Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC

Music Therapy Services of Portland