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State Order Directs Kentucky Insurers to Start Covering ABA Services
May 10, 2012
LEXINGTON (May 10, 2012) — Autism Speaks praised the Kentucky Department of Insurance for issuing an advisory opinion directing health insurers to start covering services provided by supervised ABA providers, finding that autism treatment would be “severely compromised” without their services.
Kentucky law explicitly exempts persons who provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) under the supervision of a licensed professional from themselves having to gain certification, according to the opinion, signed by Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark. Their services should therefore be reimbursed under Kentucky’s 2010 autism insurance reform law, the department concluded.
“This opinion eliminates a significant and unnecessary hurdle that has blocked many Kentucky families from obtaining appropriate levels of ABA therapy for their children with autism,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq, vice president for state government affairs. “The Kentucky Department of Insurance correctly interpreted the text of the state’s 2010 autism insurance reform law and the will of the Legislature in directing health insurers to start covering these services.”
The opinion noted that ABA therapy requires a functional assessment and behavior plan developed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). The direct services ultimately provided under the treatment plan, however, are typically rendered by “supervisees” – the front-line personnel who carry out the intervention.
“Clearly, Kentucky’s statutes pertaining to ABA and the treatment of autism spectrum disorders contemplate the active involvement of supervisees, provided that they are acting under the extended authority and direction of a BCBA or a BCaBA,” the opinion states.
“To exclude coverage for supervisees undermines the intent of (state law) which is to mandate coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders,” the order said. “Without the direct services provided by supervisees, the treatment of autism is severely compromised.”
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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.