NY State Legislature Passes Autism Insurance Reform Bill

Autism Advocate Brad Gerstman Speaks Out on Last Year’s Veto and This Year’s Vote

June 17, 2011; New York, NY – Autism Advocate Brad Gerstman, Partner at Gotham Government Relations & Communications, would like to congratulate the NY State Legislature on finally passing of a ground-breaking new bill that will provide families of autistic children with much-needed insurance coverage. Families, advocates and stakeholders across the state of New York are joyful over this vote, and are excited by Governor Cuomo’s decision.

Last October, the same bill was vetoed by Governor Patterson, and families with members on the spectrum were discouraged and disheartened.

“I am hopeful, our current Governor realizes the importance of this legislation, and the fact that families of autistic children spend, on average, nearly $50,000 per household to pay for the medical expenses needed,” Gerstman said. “Now these families can rest a little easier knowing that help appears to be on the way.”

Twenty-three other states already have in place similar laws.


Brad Gerstman is a well-known advocate for individuals with disabilities and special needs. He is a member of the Nassau University Medical Center, Vice Chair of the Long Island Medical Foundation, Governor’s appointee to his Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence, and Chairman of the Tom Suozzi Long Island Autism Coalition. He was recently honored by the Child Abuse Prevention Services. Brad also represents a number of special needs schools, charities, and other developmental disabilty entities through his work at Gotham.


New York’s fastest-growing government relations firm, Gotham Government Relations, provides lobbying, advocacy and consulting to its clients. Gotham offers its clients forward-thinking strategies that tap into political trends and opportunities. The work of its partners has resulted in shaping public policy on a number of key matters, including business advocacy and strategy; land use; special education; and charitable causes. For more information, log onto www.gothamgr.com or call us at 516-880-8170.


Annie Scranton, Pace Public Relations

C: 732.642.7192; E: annie@pacepublicrelations.com

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