Autism Speaks | Governor Steve Beshear Signs Kentucky House Bill 159 Into Law | April 14, 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Governor Steve Beshear Signs Kentucky House Bill 159 Into Law

Kentucky Becomes the Seventeenth State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform

NEW YORK, NY (April 14, 2010) — Autism Speaks joined Kentucky families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding Governor Steve Beshear today for signing the autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 159, into law. Kentucky is the seventeenth state to enact legislation which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies.

The new law stipulates that coverage for individuals in the large group and state employee market between the ages of one and seven will be subject to a maximum annual benefit of $50,000 and that coverage for individuals between the ages of seven and twenty-one will be subject to a maximum monthly benefit of $1,000. Individuals in the small group and individual market will be subject to a maximum monthly benefit of $1,000 regardless of age. HB 159, which was passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, was sponsored in the House by Representative Jeff Greer and helped through the Senate by Senators Tom Buford, Julie Denton, Brandon Smith, and Robert Stivers.

“This is a great day for the thousands of Kentucky families that had been financially devastated by the lack of insurance coverage for necessary autism therapies,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “Legislatures across the country are introducing and passing bills that put an end to the discriminatory practices by insurance companies against children with an autism diagnosis. We thank Kentucky’s legislators and Governor Beshear for having the courage to put families and their needs first.” 

“In signing this much needed legislation, I am happy to say that this administration and this General Assembly are helping these families cope with this developmental disability by removing some of the treatment cost barriers that have kept these young people from getting the care they need,” said Governor Beshear.

In many states, insurers explicitly exclude coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies from policies, which places a significant financial burden on families seeking to provide their children with necessary treatment. In addition to Kentucky, sixteen states – Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin – have enacted autism insurance reform bills, while three more have been passed by state legislators and await enactment into law. 

“Thanks to the dedication and courage of our state legislators and Governor, parents will now actually be able to receive a benefit for the premiums they pay every month to their insurance companies,” said Anne Gregory, Autism Speaks Kentucky Chapter Advocacy Chair and mother of a child with autism. “Families in Kentucky will no longer go broke trying to provide their children with the medically necessary, appropriate autism treatments they need and deserve.” 

Top picture: Governor Steve Beshear signs HB 159 into law with Representative Jeff Greer; Anne Gregory, Autism Speaks Kentucky Chapter Advocacy Chair; Janet Pope, autism advocate; and other advocates

Middle picture: Anne Gregory, Autism Speaks Kentucky Chapter Advocacy Chair, speaks at the bill signing ceremony fo HB 159

Bottom picture: Janet Pope, autism advocate; Governor Steve Beshear; and Anne Gregory,  Autism Speaks Kentucky Chapter Advocacy Chair at the at the bill signing ceremony fo HB 159

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism 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 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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