Autism costs Americans an estimated $126 billion annually, a number that has more than tripled since 2006. For me, this begs the question, what's going to happen to the cost of care as more and more young adults age out of the system, and we want comprehensive programs, where their education continues beyond how to stuff & lick envelopes? What's that going to cost and who will help us then?
But we're not out of the woods yet, we will need to stay diligent as many states are still fighting for insurance reform as it relates to autism and we've yet to uncover the challenges when it come to our kids who are aging out. What's going to happen to the cost of care when there's no school everyday and we want more for our children than day programs that find them just sitting around being taught to lick envelopes? What's that going to cost and who will help us then? Sigh, the journey continues.
Here are links to where I got my statistics and different perspectives on how Obama Care impacts autism care.