How will health care reform affect pediatric therapy?

Is this health care bill revamp a positive or negative move for families of children with autism and other predominant and growing special needs?  What will this do for children needing occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysts, psychology?  Is insurance up for grabs now?  I hear everyone is going to have access to the best health care, the “same ones that the congressmen in Illinois have” is what someone just told me.  Like I said, I have no idea if this new insurance deal is yay or nay but I have some research to start doing very quickly!  Any cheat sheets you have to send me on this new bill and how it impacts therapy is much appreciated!  Please share whatever you know.  I want to hear what you have to say!  Here is where I am starting my research….Let me know what you find!

http://occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com/Article/Health-Care-Reform-and-Disability-Rights.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/Pediatric-Neurologic-Physical-Therapy-Clinics/dp/0443087644

http://illinoisaap.org/

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  1. Raquel Bassuk; LCSW
    Raquel Bassuk; LCSW says:

    The one thing I just received information about is new funding for home visits for early childhood therapies.

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  2. Raquel Bassuk; LCSW
    Raquel Bassuk; LCSW says:

    The one positive impact I receive information about is new funding for home visits for early childhood theray services.

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  3. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    We have had funding for home visits for early intervention therapy services for years. There has been huge turnover of state funded staff therapists due to slow reimbursements and lower pay per hour. There are also huge waiting lists. I am curious to see what anything new will look like.

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