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No Map to This Country: One Family's Journey through Autism by Jennifer Noonan

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Chapter 15

Code of Silence

IT WAS DURING this time, the fall of 2010, that a stunning but largely ignored change in the medical understanding of autism occurred.

Thanks to an abundance of medical bills, we received an even greater abundance of correspondence from our insurance company. In an ideal world they would have been in parity, one insurance statement to match each office visit, but I’m pretty sure medical insurance companies are outlawed in ideal worlds. Instead Andrew and I played the “what’s in the envelope” lottery at least two or three times a week, taking bets on whether any given piece of mail from the insurance company would contain ...

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