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Chafee signs autism insurance bill
By: AUDREY WASHINGTON | NBC 10
Published: August 11, 2011
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a new bill into law Thursday at the State House that will require insurance companies to cover autism treatments.
Rhode Island becomes the 26th state to require coverage. Just six years ago, only one state had similar legislation.
“The finances of dealing with the situation is an added burden, so at least this bill relieves some of the stresses associated with this disorder,” Chafee said. “Their children will be able to actually speak, point or make a friend…basic human needs.”
Under the new law, state regulated health plans will now cover screenings, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Judith Ursitti, the mother of an autistic child, said the treatments can really add up.
“It’s surreal especially when you’ve been paying your insurance and you think when you’ve given a diagnosis and you’re given prescriptions that your insurance will take care of it, but truly because its autism, it’s denied,” she said.
Joanne Quinn also has an autistic child. She said the bill will help families provide early intervention which she said is key.
“As our kids with autism get better we all get better and we all have a great quality of life, and hopefully with the early intervention, we’ll all be able to get there,” Quinn said.
Some lawmakers told NBC 10 that they are still not happy with some of the language in the bill. They said they plan to work again on it next year to make the bill even better.
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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.