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Pennsylvania: Autism Spectrum Disorders Coverage
HB 1150 HAS PASSED IN THE PA HOUSE!!
In July 2007, House Bill (HB) 1150, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Coverage bill, was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The passage of this bill in the House brought the parents in Pennsylvania one step closer to acquiring the private insurance coverage for autism-related services they need for their children.
Autism Speaks congratulates Speaker Dennis O’Brien, the bill’s champion, and all of the families in the Pennsylvania autism community for their unrelenting effort to help get this bill passed in the House and for their continued support of this legislation as we take the fight to the Senate. We have made great progress, but we will not stop until we can say that Pennsylvania is covering our kids!
This winter, in 2008, the battle for autism insurance coverage is in the Pennsylvania Senate. The Autism Insurance Benefit Restoration Bill has been introduced by Senator Jane Orie and follows suit with the bill passed in the PA House.
We ask that all Pennsylvania residents continue to contact your State Senators and urge them to support the Autism Insurance Benefit Restoration Bill.
Review of HB 1150 by the Health Care Cost Containment Council:
This fall, Pennsylvania State Senator Donald White, Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, asked Pennsylvania’s Health Care Cost Containment Council to review HB 1150 to determine if it has a cost benefit. The Council is nonpartisan and is charged with reviewing information that relates to specific questions on the benefits of the treatments in HB 1150. Members of the community were invited to participate in the review process by submitting any helpful documentation to the Council.
Autism Speaks submitted a report to the Council entitled, “Arguments in Support of Pennsylvania House Bill 1150.” This report contained eight arguments that prove that there is a significant long-term benefit to this legislation in terms of quality of life and savings in the long run. We are confident that the Council will use our report to come to the same conclusions.
Click here to read the Autism Speaks report (PDF).
Bill Summary Description:
In April, the Autism Insurance Benefit Restoration Bill, a bill requiring all private insurers to pay for the provision of treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, was introduced in the Pennsylvania House. The House bill was introduced by House Speaker Dennis O’Brien and the companion PA Senate bill was introduced by Senator Jane Orie. Read the press release
Footage of the historic state autism legislation Introduction in Pa.
(Windows Media Video, ~9 minutes)
HB 1150 contains the following provisions:
- Amends the Insurance Company Act (Title 18-Insurance Code) to require all private insurers to pay for the provision of certain types of treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
- Amends the Insurance Company Law of 1921 by adding a new section, § 635.2.2, which requires all private health insurers to issue policies of insurance that pay for the provision of services to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
- Services required to be provided in all health insurance policies include (1) habilitation care, based on the principals of applied behavioral analysis (ABA), (2) psychiatric care (3) psychological care (4) therapeutic care and (5) medications prescribed by a physician or certified nurse practitioners.
- Coverage under this new provision is limited to $36,000 per year and is subject to all co-payment, deductible and co insurance as otherwise required by the applicable policies.
- The Commonwealth’s medical assistance programs are specifically excluded from the coverage requirement.
- The Governor’s budget office estimates the savings to the Commonwealth’s budget to be approximately $85 million dollars.
More With HB1150
More with Jane Orie & Dennis O’Brien
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.