ASA's 37th National Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 13-15, 2006)

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Friday, July 14, 2006: 1:45 PM-3:00 PM
Washington/Newport
#1694- The Parent As An Advocate In The Medical Insurance Context
Appropriate and, often, specialized treatment is needed for children with special needs. Obtaining medical insurance authorization or reimbursement for specialized services such as therapy or medical equipment is not always a simple process. This presentation will show you how to more easily navigate through your medical insurance policy and get much needed benefits authorized or paid.

Presenter:Marla Kraus, J.D., A.B., Special Needs Advocate for Parents (SNAP), Executive Director - Marla Kraus, Executive Director, Special Needs Advocate for Parents(SNAP), has spoken throughout the country on parent advocacy and medical insurance. Family Court Review published an article by Ms. Kraus about divorce in families with children with special needs. She was interviewed for Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs.
 
1. Introduction

Appropriate and, often, specialized treatment is needed for children with special needs. Obtaining medical insurance authorization or reimbursement for specialized services such as therapy or medical equipment is not always a simple process. The following presentation will show you how to more easily maze through your medical insurance policy and get much needed benefits authorized or paid.

2. Topics

This presentation will address the general principles involved in advocating for your child in the medical insurance arena.

The topics will include: 1. Information gathering What you need, how to do it and then understand it. 2. Clarifying parent's needs. 3. Review of basic advocacy principles and how they apply to medical insurance problems. 4. Figuring out the system How does your medical insurance company work? 5. Problem solving How you get them to agree. 6. Use your secret weapon The human touch.

You will leave this presentation feeling confident that you can navigate the bureaucracy set up by your medical insurance company and know you are doing your best to obtain reimbursements or authorizations.

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