Autism Speaks | State Insurance Department Reaches Autism Settlements with Health Net, Cigna | Feb. 28, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

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State Insurance Department Reaches Autism Settlements with Health Net,

February 28, 2012

SACRAMENTO (February 28, 2012) — The California Department of Insurance announced that it has reached favorable settlements with two major health insurers, Health Net and Cigna, to cover behavioral therapy for autism when deemed medically necessary.

“We are pleased that Health Net and Cigna now recognize their current obligations to provide crucial behavioral health treatment to the thousands of children who must live with autism every day,” said state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “And we are pleased to reconfirm and acknowledge Anthem Blue Cross of California for providing this treatment as the Department of Insurance has directed since November 2009. These agreements mean more families with autistic children won’t have to lose sleep over whether or not they can afford a therapy that’s been proven to transform lives.”

Read the Department of Insurance release below.


Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Agreements with Major Health Insurers to Provide Autism Coverage

News: 2012 Press Release

For Release: February 27, 2012

Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Agreements with Major Health Insurers to Provide Autism Coverage

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that he has reached favorable settlement agreements with two major health insurers, Health Net and Cigna, to guarantee coverage of behavioral therapy for autism, and to provide it to all insureds whenever medically necessary.

The two new settlement agreements follow a similar settlement agreement reached last month with Blue Shield to provide behavioral health treatments, including Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA), a well-recognized and effective treatment for autism. In addition, Commissioner Jones reconfirmed that since November 2009 yet another major health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross of California, has been providing coverage of behavioral therapy for autism pursuant to Department of Insurance direction.  

“We are pleased that Health Net and Cigna now recognize their current obligations to provide crucial behavioral health treatment to the thousands of children who must live with autism every day,” said Commissioner Jones. “And we are pleased to reconfirm and acknowledge Anthem Blue Cross of California for providing this treatment as the Department of Insurance has directed since November 2009. These agreements mean more families with autistic children won’t have to lose sleep over whether or not they can afford a therapy that’s been proven to transform lives.”

As part of the settlements, Health Net and Cigna agreed to maintain an adequate provider network to enable them to provide treatment to all insureds with autism; not to reject any claims for ABA; and create dedicated customer service units or support teams specially trained to handle inquiries about ABA, requests for coverage or authorization, and for payment for ABA services. Prior to these settlements both insurers rejected claims for ABA. Anthem stopped denying coverage for ABA services in response to the Department of Insurance’s direction in November, 2009, and since then has been offering ABA services as in network benefits to its insureds.

Jones pointed out that the agreements ensure that these companies comply with the state’s Mental Health Parity Act (MHP), which requires coverage for medically necessary behavioral therapies. In keeping with the Act, the Department consistently has overturned health insurer denials of coverage for autism treatment. To further reinforce the requirements of the MHP, the Legislature last year passed SB 946 (Steinberg) which does not go into effect until July 1, 2012.

Today’s announced agreements are consistent with the Commissioner’s position that autism coverage was required before SB 946 and further demonstrate that Commissioner Jones will continue to require health insurers to provide such coverage to those families and individuals seeking it prior to the effective date of SB 946.

The settlements are available to the public.

Cigna’s Stipulation and Order to Show Cause.
Health Net’s Stipulation and Order to Show Cause.



Note/Warning:

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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