An Important Message from the Autism Treatment Association of Minnesota (ATAM)
Negotiations between the House and Senate HHS Conferees to settle their differences continue to go on in private, as is typical at this stage of a session. The autism ABA insurance mandate language, the Governor’s early intervention benefit and the cost of these two new programs, are all very much in the mix. Additional funds are always spread around at the very last minute. We need to be present to win!
Thursday afternoon and evening are the critical times to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the autism community’s support for the SF 314/HF 181 mandate language. The “Red Shirts” will gather again for an update and lobbying instructions at 4:00 PM in the Capitol Cafeteria. We will operate from then until at least 5:00 PM. We may be able to move to another base camp after 5:00 PM. If you come later in the evening, we will leave a posting, and perhaps a guide, at the top of the stairs leading down to the Cafe to tell you where we have moved. The default location will always be Room 123.
While it is likely, but not certain, that the HHS Conference Committee will meet sometime tomorrow afternoon or night, a strong and visible autism community showing will greatly strengthen our proponent’s hand in the private negotiations and results that would be announced by Friday night.
Be There. Be Red. Be Positive. Be Persistent. Be Patient (with the legislative process.)