[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Gov. Jindal Signs Bill Expanding Louisiana Benefits
June 28, 2012
BATON ROUGE (JUNE 28, 2012) — Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation today expanding Louisiana’s 2008 autism insurance reform law by raising the age cap to 21 and eliminating the $144,000 cap on lifetime benefits. Families paying thousands of dollars a year in insurance premiums will be able starting in 2013 to continue coverage for the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals aged 16 through 20.
Sponsored in the Louisiana House of Representatives by Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), the bill eliminates any ceiling on lifetime benefits. Under the 2008 law, coverage ended once lifetime claims reach $144,000. In addition, the new law eliminates the current requirement that treatments be supervised by a physician or psychologist.
A $36,000 annual cap on benefits is retained, but coverage was expanded to include firms with 10 employees or less. The current threshold exempted business with 50 employees or less.
“We are so grateful to Representative Foil for demonstrating his dedicated leadership on this extremely important issue for the autism community,” said Shelley Hendrix Reynolds, Autism Speaks’ director of grassroots development. “He promised us four years ago he would come back to expand Act 648 and did just that. Thankfully, the Louisiana legislature and Governor Jindal overwhelmingly and unanimously supported his efforts once again.”
Noting that the prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 88 children since the oprigional law was enacted, Hendrix said the new law “will open even more doors for so many of our families who have children with autism that deserve access to the medical treatments and therapies they need to live more independent adult lives.”
Many states do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay as much as they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost upwards of $50,000 per year. In the process, many risk their homes and the educations of their unaffected children essentially mortgaging their entire futures.
A majority of states (31) representing nearly 75 percent of the United States population have enacted autism insurance reform legislation. Vermont enacted a similar exapnsion bill earlier this year making autism insuranmce benefits more widely avialable to its residents, and Delaware is about to enact legislation making it the 32nd state to enact autism insurance reform.
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.