Extend Medical Coverage for Children with Asperger Syndrome After Age 9

Target: Stephen Hemsley (C.E.O. of United Healthcare)

Goal: To extend medical coverage for children with Asperger syndrome past the age of 9

There are children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome whose medical coverage stops at the age of 9. United Healthcare is one of the companies to end coverage after this age. However, Asperger syndrome does not magically disappear at a certain age. Please demand that United Healthcare continue medical coverage for children with Asperger syndrome.

Asperger syndrome is categorized as a high-functioning form of autism. There are many characteristics that exemplify the disorder, including social difficulties, cognitive problems, sensory sensitivities, language skills, and many other obstacles. These issues are addressed and treated by various methods, such as speech therapy and social skills training. All these programs and medications help people with Asperger syndrome acclimate to the real world.

These days, our fast-paced world is confusing as it is. Imagine a child with Asperger syndrome who is already at a disadvantage in trying to make sense of the chaos around him or her. Please give these children with Asperger syndrome a chance for a brighter, healthier, and happier future with medical coverage that will guide and assimilate them into our highly social world.


Dear Stephen Hemsley:

Every day children are diagnosed and treated for Asperger syndrome in the United States. Most of these children rely on their healthcare programs to financially support their progress and assimilation into the world. Your company, United Healthcare, however, stops its coverage for children with Asperger syndrome at the age of 9. This disorder does not magically disappear at any age.

Children with Asperger syndrome are highly misunderstood. Some of the brightest and most brilliant people have had Asperger syndrome. They have had a profound impact on our society through the arts, mathematics, and various other subjects. By stopping medical coverage at age 9, you are restricting these children’s potential and future.

One of the biggest characteristics of Asperger syndrome is a difficulty with social skills. However, through speech therapies and other programs, these children learn to overcome their difficulties and draw from their strengths and talents. Please allow these children with Asperger syndrome to have a brighter future and extend your medical coverage beyond age 9.


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