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Autism Speaks Commends Sen. Menendez for Insisting Autism Therapies Get Covered Under New Federal Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pressed U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to insure that the states include behavioral health treatments for autism as they implement the Affordable Care Act, expressing serious concern that the federal governments efforts thus far have fallen short.
Autism Speaks applauded the remarks by Senator Menendez, who is among a group of Senate and House champions that continues to fight for a strong federal commitment to meaningful autism insurance coverage.
During a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee last week, Menendez said Congress in writing the 2010 law assured all qualified health plans would include behavioral health service as part of the essential benefits package. Among the universe of those who see those benefits are those who have family members in the autism spectrum.
Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services, said, Autism Speaks applauds Senator Menendez for holding the federal government accountable to the autism community as it implements health care reform. Behavioral health treatments for autism were included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act as an ‘essential health benefit’ at the approval of Congress. Senator Menendez, along with many other colleagues in both the Senate and the House have been emphatic that HHS require the states to incorporate the coverage as they implement the law.”
In recent guidance issued to the states, HHS identified several benchmark plans the states could use as they work towards a 2014 deadline to implement the Affordable Care Act.
I am concerned that HHS recent bulletin on the essential benefits health package refers to states using a benchmark plan as the basis for the essential benefits health package, Menendez told Sebelius. But because of the current patchwork of state autism coverage requirements and exemptions, I know Im not alone in the serious concerns that the benchmarking plan is insufficient to assure that behavioral treatment is available to all qualified health plans as the law dictates it to be.
Menendez previously had issued a letter to Secretary Sebelius identifying similar concerns and stressing that behavioral health treatments for autism were required by law by Congress. To date, 29 states representing 70% of the U.S. population have enacted autism insurance reform laws that require state-regulated health plans provide coverage for evidence-based autism therapies including behavioral health treatments.
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.