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Health Benefit for Children with Autism Costs $1.90 per Month per Person
Richmond, VA (February 2, 2009) – Today Autism Speaks released a cost estimate prepared by Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting of House Bill 1588 and Senate Bill 1260. According to the Wyman actuarial cost estimate, providing health insurance benefits for children with autism would cause premiums to increase by a mere $1.90 per month per covered person.
The legislation pending in the Virginia General Assembly would require certain health insurers to provide benefits of up to $36,000 per year for children with autism. Today one out of every 150 people has some form of autism spectrum disorder. A wide range of therapies can be provided to children with autism depending upon the severity of the disorder. The Wyman report found that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – an intensive therapy for children with severe forms of autism – was responsible for most of the $1.90 per month premium increase. Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatricians have endorsed ABA as a highly effective medical therapy for many children.
Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting, Inc. is part of the Marsh & McLennan family of companies. With over 60 members of the American Academy of Actuaries, Oliver Wyman is one of the largest actuarial practices in North America. Oliver Wyman’s health practice, which has twelve credentialed actuaries, advises insurers, regulators, governments, interest groups, and others.
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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.