Monday, 26 March 2012
Did you know that one service, ABA Therapy, could cost as much as $1,400 per month (or more)?
Only 29 states require insurance companies to cover for this Therapy at this time. Many states only require it only for a few years.
For example, the state of Virginia only requires Insurance to cover for ABA Therapy from ages 2-8. That's only 6 years, but at least it's something.
Now many in the Autism Community still struggle from paycheck to paycheck, trying to juggle bills left and right.
I'm no financial expert, but you don't have to be one to see that every now and then it may be possible for a bill to get lost in the shuffle.
I found out the other day from a friend of mine that their Water was turned off due to lack of payment.
It isn't like they ran out of funds, it's just that they were juggling some bills and the water bill payment was missed.
Of course this caused a challenge during their bathtime routines in the evening for their child who has autism.
We all make mistakes, I told him. He said it's ok, as he got an interesting little tidbit of information from the city.
The city water facility was able to inform him that there could be a medical flag put onto the account, so long as a doctor signed a form.
It doesn't mean that the bill doesn't get paid (as the money would still be due) - it just means that the city would take an extra step and work with you further before any action on turning the water off would be taken.
This helps in those situations where routines don't get hindered in say - bath time.
So if this situation ever happened again - the city would take a couple of extra steps in trying to reach the customer before turning the water off.
Hey, any extra help with juggling the bills is always a good thought, right? So I just had to share with everyone.
Do you find yourself juggling bills at times? What tips could you share in helping out with budgetary needs and raising a child with Autism?