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Birmingham News: Alabama Senate Approves ‘Watered-down’ Autism Insurance Bill
April 11, 2012
MONTGOMERY (April 11, 2012) — Birmingham News reporter Kim Chandler reported on yesterday’s Senate vote on the substitute autism insurance bill, citing Autism Speaks’ opposition to the legislation. Read the story below.
Alabama Senate passes bill on autism insurance coverage
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The Alabama Senate this afternoon approved a watered-down version of legislation aimed at getting more insurance coverage for autism treatment.
Senators voted 32-0 for a substitute bill that directs insurance companies to offer plans that include coverage for autism treatment. Businesses could choose to offer the coverage as part of their insurance options for employees, or parents could pick it up as a rider, said sponsor Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster.
Advocates originally were pushing a bill that would have mandated the coverage.
“I think it’s a fair compromise. Is that everything we want? No,” said sponsor Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster. However, he said, “This provides more coverage than the autism community has ever seen.”
Parents have complained that some of the treatments for autism, particularly an intense and costly behavioral therapy, are not covered by insurance, leaving them with tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses each year.
A national advocacy group withdrew its support for Senate Bill 283, saying the substitute bill approved by senators will provide little or no relief to parents.
“This is a solution in name only,” said Lorri Unumb, vice president for government affairs for Autism Speaks.
Unumb said the substitute guarantees autism families nothing.
“The problem with this new proposal is that it doesn’t require coverage, but requires only that insurers ‘offer’ the benefit, meaning that the cost will not be spread over the entire insurance pool,” Unnumb said.
Ward said the “the votes weren’t there” for the original version of the bill, which would have mandated families get the coverage.
Ward, whose daughter has autism, said he would not have brought the bill if he didn’t think it would significantly help families.
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.