[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Summary of 2012 Alaska Autism Insurance Reform Bill:
Senate Bill 74 – Sponsored by State Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage) House Bill 79 – Sponsored by State Representative Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage)
January 31, 2012
The bills would:
- Require private health insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder
- Direct that a health care plan may not terminate coverage, or refuse to deliver, execute, issue, amend, adjust, or renew coverage to an enrollee solely because the individual is diagnosed with, or has received treatment for, an autism spectrum disorder
- Require that coverage be provided only to individuals under 21 years of age
- Impose no cap on the number of visits to a covered service provider
- Impose no annual benefit dollar limit
- Require that coverage not be subject to lifetime maximums, deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance or other terms and conditions that are less favorable than those that apply to physical illness generally under the health plan
- Direct that coverage of treatments 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
Include coverage of the following treatments:
- Habilitative or rehabilitative care – meaning professional counseling, guidance services, and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA) or other structured behavioral therapies necessary to develop, maintain, or restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of an individual
- Pharmacy care
- Psychiatric care
- Psychological care
- Therapeutic care – meaning services provided by or under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, or physical therapist
- Not affect any obligation to provide services to an individual under an individualized family service plan, an individualized education program (IEP), or an individualized services plan
- Apply only to state-regulated insurance plans; they do not apply to self-funded insurance plans which are regulated by the federal government under ERISA law
- Take effect immediately upon enactment and apply to health insurance policies that are offered, issued for delivery, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2012
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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.