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Kansas Agency Continues Autism Insurance Benefits through 2013 for State Employe
June 11, 2012
TOPEKA (June 11, 2012) — A committee of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) voted today to continue autism insurance benefits under the State Employee Health Plan through 2013. The KDHE decision averted the possibility of Kansas becoming the only state to eliminate autism insurance coverage and sets the stage for wider coverage for more families next year.
The state employee benefit was created under a 2010 law as a “pilot project” to determine whether insurance coverage for essential autism therapies should be extended to more families across the state. A bill this year to extend the coverage passed the House overwhelmingly, but then was held in Senate committee. An attempt to pull the bill from committee and on to the Senate floor failed by two votes.
“Contrary to information that was being disseminated by friends of the insurance lobby this session, the Kansas ‘pilot project’ did not require that autism coverage extend beyond the 2011 calendar year,” said Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks associate director for state government affairs. “The KDHE voluntarily elected to extend coverage for 2012.”
By again deciding to continue the existing coverage for another year, the KDHE decision sets the stage for renewed efforts in 2013 to expand the coverage to more Kansas families.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.