The high cost of autism

January 14, 2008 at 7:48 pm 2 comments

     I’m working on our 2007 taxes and just finished adding up the unreimbursed and uncovered medical expenses we incurred, and it was a significant percentage of our income. We spent over $3,000 in occupational therapy costs alone. Had we been able to find a physical therapist or a feeding therapist in our remote little mountain town in Colorado, we would’ve spent at least that much on each of those therapists as well, because C needed it desperately.

     Part of the reason we moved back to Arizona is the state sponsored, diagnosis based insurance that offers developmental therapies and respite care at no cost to us. They pay deductible costs, co-pays and the percentage balance our main insurance plan doesn’t cover. Arizona is also one of the states currently trying to force insurance companies to cover therapy costs for families with autism.   Bravo, Arizona!

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  • 1. hfamom  |  January 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I want to live in Arizona!!

    Wilddaisy– I’m trying to get a question to the democratic candidates on Autism and the middle class– having trouble with error messages– will you help me? Contact info is on my blog (

    Thanks! You’re a pal!

  • 2. t  |  January 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    What a drag. Government sponsored health care pays for your health related expenses. Good thing you don’t live in Canada where you might have to wait in line for hours for these services.


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