Autism Speaks Announces Results of Independent Actuarial Analysis Of Amended House Bill 8 (PDF avail.) | Oct. 8, 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Announces Results of Independent Actuarial Analysis Of Amended House Bill 8

Legislation Requiring Health Plans to Cover Autism Treatment Would Have Minimal Effect on Health Insurance Premiums

NEW YORK, NY (October 8, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced today that the impact of Amended House Bill 8 on health insurance premiums in Ohio is projected to be a mere one-half of one-percent (0.51% or $1.57 per member per month.) This projection is the result of an independent actuarial analysis prepared by Oliver Wyman, one of the largest actuarial practices in North America.

While the analysis focused primarily on estimating the insured costs of mandated medical benefits, Oliver Wyman also summarized information related to the lifetime costs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which include the costs associated with medical services, education, custodial care and the lost productivity and wages of individuals affected by ASDs, as well as their family caregivers. Based on the results of several studies, Oliver Wyman determined that the costs of the applied behavior analysis treatments covered under Amended HB 8 could be recovered through reductions in educational and medical expenditures, alone.

Amended House Bill 8 would require insurance companies to end discriminatory practices and provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary behavioral autism therapies for individuals in Ohio with an autism spectrum disorder. It was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives in December, 2009 and now awaits passage by the Ohio Senate. Twenty three states have already enacted autism insurance reform measures, and legislation in New York awaits the governor’s’ signature.

“For about the price of a cup of coffee, families in Ohio will at long last have health insurance coverage for autism treatment prescribed by their physicians,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “Families in Ohio are literally going broke trying to give their loved ones with autism the therapies they need to meet their full potential.”

In many states, insurers explicitly exclude coverage of these therapies from policies, which places a significant financial burden on families seeking to provide their children with necessary services. ABA therapies alone may cost upward of $50,000 a year. 

Thousands of Ohio families will gather on Sunday, October 10th at the Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus to walk in support of Autism Speaks and its initiatives. While there, they will also be rallying in support of Amended House Bill 8, calling upon the Ohio Senate to pass this critical legislation before the end of the year.


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 workIn 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.

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