Lisa Pauley, 47, and David Pauley, 42, are parents to Davis, 8, and Zachary, 17. Ever since Davis was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and Lisa quit her job as a daycare owner to devote time to her son’s special needs, the family has struggled to make ends meet while paying for Davis’s therapies with one income.
What’s more, the family lives in Sandy, Utah, where insurance companies aren’t required to cover autism treatment. The Pauleys have had to make do with what Medicaid will cover and what they can afford out-of pocket, and Lisa estimates that their monthly cost for Davis’s autism treatment is more than $400. Today, Davis is nonverbal, still requires diapers, and recently developed epilepsy.