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5861 Insurance Reform Across America

Saturday, July 9, 2011: 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Sun 1-2 (Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center)
Historically, individuals with autism have had difficulty obtaining meaningful health insurance coverage. Since 2007, however, more than 25 states have enacted legislation requiring insurers to cover autism. The purpose of this session is to explain the new laws and examine the underlying grassroots advocacy that resulted in their passage. We will discuss the terms of the new laws, the different types of insurance policies that consumers may have, and the potential pitfalls that consumers may face in obtaining coverage. '

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Content Area: Life with Autism


Lorri Shealy Unumb, J.D.
Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel
Autism Speaks

Professor Lorri Unumb authored the ground-breaking 2007 South Carolina autism insurance legislation that served as a catalyst for the national movement toward autism insurance reform. She has testified 50+ times on autism issues in state legislatures around the country and teaches a law school course called “Autism and the Law.”

Daniel R. Unumb, J.D.
Director of Litigation
South Carolina Legal Services

Daniel Unumb, Esq. is an autism dad and the Director of Litigation with South Carolina Legal Services. Before legal aid, he practiced with law firms in Boston, D.C., and Charleston, and with the U.S. Department of Justice where he handled cases in federal district & appellate courts across the country.