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AUTISM SPEAKS APPLAUDS PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR ED RENDELL FOR SIGNING INTO LAW THE STRONGEST AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION IN THE NATION
NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2008) — Autism Speaks today commended Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for signing into law the most comprehensive autism insurance bill in the nation. The new law provides $36,000 a year for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other necessary treatments, and goes beyond many state insurance reform measures by mandating coverage up to age 21 with no lifetime cap. It also creates, for the first time under Pennsylvania law, an expedited appeals procedure for denied claims as a safeguard to ensure compliance by insurance providers. Private insurers will be required to provide coverage beginning in July 2009.
In addition, the legislation turns the existing state welfare program for autism into a statutory requirement, ensuring that those who receive government-provided services can continue to do so. It also allows for the development of a private sector delivery system with insurance reimbursement, offering families an alternative to coverage through Medicaid.
Autism Speaks also praised the elected officials whose support of this legislation was critical to its passage, including: original co-sponsors House Speaker Dennis O’Brien and Senator Jane Orie; Rep. Nick Micozzie and Rep. Tony DeLuca, chairmen of the House Insurance Committee; Senator Don White, chairman, and Senator Mike Stack, minority chairman, of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee; and Senators Dominic Pileggi, Joseph Scarnati and Robert Mellow.
“This law will have a significant impact on Pennsylvania families’ ability to provide their children with the services they need and deserve,” said Elizabeth Emken, Autism Speaks vice president of government relations. “Governor Rendell and Pennsylvania’s legislators have sent a clear message that discriminatory practices by insurers against individuals with autism and their families must come to an end.”
Autism insurance reform legislation has now been enacted in eight states across the country, with many others currently considering legislative action. Last week, Louisiana became the latest state to address the tremendous financial burden faced by families affected by autism when Governor Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 958 into law.
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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.