We are disappointed to announce the postponement of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) hearing scheduled for December 4, 2013. EBCALA, along with several other like-minded advocacy organizations, worked diligently with Chairman Darrell Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee staff for nearly a year to make this critical hearing occur.
Do you know what legal recourse someone who suffers a vaccine-induced injury has? The answers may surprise you. We encourage you to take five minutes to learn more.
This afternoon, TRICARE released a statement via email which reversed information found on their website dated June 25, 2013 regarding new ABA policy changes. The first sentence of TRICARE’s statement acknowledged their website information did appear to pertain to all TRICARE beneficiaries.
TRICARE’s proposed referral and authorization process for military dependents seeking ABA therapy will take affect on July 25th. EBCALA is trying to publicize the change because TRICARE did not individually notify the more than 23,000 military families affected by autism.
The following letter was sent to Senators regarding TRICARE’s autism therapy policy. Please reach out to your state’s senators and especially the members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Dear Senator, We are writing to ask for your intervention regarding TRICARE’s new policy for military children with autism and its impact on their […]
Join us in telling Congress that it is time to hold more hearings on autism. Autism affects one in every 50 children and they cannot wait any longer. Our families and our children need answers.
EBCALA recently learned that Drs. Guttmacher and Boyle who testified on behalf of the federal government in last November’s “1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism” have not followed up with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (COGR) since leaving the stand. During the hearing, there were several occasions where both doctors did not know answers or said they would provide more information to back up the answers they provided to COGR. More than four months have passed since the hearing and no information has been released. EBCALA finds this unacceptable.
The federal government has lacked leadership, coordination and a sense of urgency in addressing autism for more than ten years. While you expressed alarm that the autism rate skyrocketed to 1 in 88 children born in 2008, your witnesses, Drs. Boyle and Guttmacher, described autism merely as a “national health priority” and “an important health concern.”
The Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held packed hearings on Capitol Hill about the autism epidemic on November 29, 2012. The Committee grilled federal officials on the government’s inadequate response to autism.
More support is needed to make these hearings have a greater impact. Major television network coverage is needed. Ask CBS News to cover these hearings.