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Autism Speaks Warns of National ‘Stealth’ Campaign to Undermine Autism
February 27, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (February 27, 2012) Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, has alerted its 100,000 grassroots advocates nationally to be on the watch for recently introduced stealth bills that would undermine autism insurance reform laws enacted in 29 states and impede progress on reform bills being pushed in other state capitals.
The stealth bills are based on a model Health Care Choice Act for States developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and enacted last year in Georgia for individual policies. An ALEC-model bill was vetoed in Arizona last year by Governor Jan Brewer, others were defeated in Indiana, Kentucky, Montana and West Virginia, and additional versions are pending before other state legislatures, as tracked by the National Council of State Legislatures.
“Parents and families in 29 states across the nation fought hard to stop insurance industry discrimination against children with autism,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. ”The insurance industry now wants to turn back the clock to the days when they could pocket thousands of dollars a year in premiums from these families without providing a dime in autism benefits for their kids.”
Autism Speaks has taken on the insurance lobby in state capitals across the nation and with the grassroots support of local families succeeded in enacting autism insurance reform laws in states representing 70 percent of the nations population. In 2011 alone, such laws were enacted in California, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Rhode Island to deal with autism as a catastrophic medical condition. Many health insurance plans are regulated at the state level, rather than federal level.
The ALEC bills would allow employers in states that bar insurance discrimination against autism to shop for coverage in states that continue to allow discrimination. In her veto message last year, Governor Brewer said the repeal bill would have surrendered Arizonas decisions over benefit requirements to legislatures in other states.
I am also concerned about risks to our citizens who may be subject to other states regulatory procedures that could leave them with little recourse in the event of mistreatment, Brewer said. (The vetoed bill) limits the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Insurance over out-of-state companies, potentially putting Arizona policyholders at risk. Arizonans should not have to litigate against an insurer when the State has an existing process by which insurance disputes can be resolved.
Early diagnosis and treatment of autism has been demonstrated to improve the quality of life and functioning for individuals with autism, while reducing avoidable costs to taxpayers for special education and social services.
The insurance lobby has fought autism insurance reform in the states by claiming premiums for their members will skyrocket as a result of covering autism-related services. Actual experience in states that have enacted autism insurance reform has repeatedly proven these assertions to be inflated, most recently in a study by the Missouri Department of Insurancewhich documented a 0.1 percent increase in premiums one year after it enacted autism insurance reform. Insurance lobbyists had warned the increase would be 30 times higher.
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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.