[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Summary of the New Hampshire Autism Insurance Reform Law – HB 569 (Connor’s Law):
Sponsored by Representative Suzanne Butcher
- Amends current mental health parity law to require health insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
- In order to receive coverage, treatment must be prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary
- Covered treatments include:
- Professional services and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis, necessary to produce socially significant improvements in human behavior or to prevent loss of attained skill or function. To be eligible for coverage, applied behavior analysis must be provided by a person professionally certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board or performed under the supervision of a person professionally certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
- Prescribed pharmaceuticals subject to the same terms and conditions of the policy as other prescribed pharmaceuticals.
- Direct or consultative services provided by a licensed professional including a licensed psychiatrist, licensed advanced practice registered nurse, licensed psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker; and
- Services provided by a licensed speech therapist, licensed occupational therapist, or licensed physical therapist.
- Coverage shall not be denied on the basis that services are habilitative in nature
- There is a maximum benefit of $36,000 for children ages 0 to 12, and a maximum benefit of $27,000 for children ages 13 to 21
- An insurer may require a treatment plan stating that the treatment is medically necessary and is consistent with nationally recognized treatment standards
- The new law does not replace existing services
- The law applies only to state regulated insurance plans. It does not apply to self-funded insurance plans, as these plans are regulated by the federal government under ERISA law
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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.