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Bill To Improve VA Insurance Law Wins Autism Speaks Endorsement
January 14, 2015
Autism Speaks today endorsed HB.1940, legislation that would improve Virginia’s 2011 autism insurance reform law by eliminating the age 6 cap on receiving benefits. The bill is sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason (R-Loudon) [pictured with Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs] who also authored the 2011 law which made Virginia the 26th state to ernact autism insurance reform.
The current law requires state-regulated large group health plans and the state employee health plan to cover a range of autism treatments from ages 2 through 6. Coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is limited to $35,000 a year.
Greason’s new bill would eliminate the age 6 cap for benefits, a step taken by other states including Texas which has twice raised its original age cap by amending its original autism insurance reform law.
Autism Speaks and the Virginia Autism Project are rallying advocates Thursday and Friday at the State Capitol in Richmond to build support for the bill. For a Fact Sheet on the new initiative, read below.
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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.