Autism Speaks | Summary of 2009 Autism Insurance Reform Bills in Georgia | 2009 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Summary of 2009 Autism Insurance Reform Bills in Georgia: (as sent to the House floor)

Senate Bill 161 “Ava’s Law”- Sponsored by State Senator Johnny Grant (25th district) House Bill 426 “Ava’s Law”- Sponsored by State Representative Katie Dempsey (13th district) 

  • Requires private health insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder
  • The bill defines autism as a medical, not a mental health, disorder
  • Coverage for ABA under this bill is subject to an inflation adjusted maximum benefit of $36,000 annually and a maximum lifetime benefit of $200,000
  • In order to receive coverage, an insured must be diagnosed by age 8
  • The bill requires coverage to be provided until age 16
  • Coverage of treatments will be provided  when prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with autism by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary
  • The bill includes coverage of the following treatments: Diagnosis, Rehabilitative care, Pharmacy care, Therapeutic care, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

The bill defines “medically necessary” as “health care services that a physician, exercising prudents clinical judgement, would provide to a patient for the purpose of preventing, evaluating, diagnosing, or treating an illness, injury, disease, or its symptoms that are:

  • in accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice
  • clinically appropriate, in terms of type, frequency, exent, site, and duration, and considered effective for the patient’s illness, injury, or disease
  • not primarily for the convenience of the patient, physician, or other health care provider and not more costly than an alternative services of sequence of services at least as likely to produce equivalent therapeutic or diagnostic results as to the diagnosis or treatment of that patient’s illness, injury, or disease
  • The bill applies only to fully-funded group health plans governed by state law, the Senate bill was amended in Committee to exclude state health plan, however state employees retain coverage in the House bill 


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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