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New Study Finds Autism Insurance, Mental Health Parity Laws Helping Fa
July 28, 2012
NEW YORK Autism Speaks hailed the release of a new study that documents the cost savings for autism therapies for families who live in states with autism insurance reform or mental health parity laws.
Led by Brandeis University Professor Susan Parish, the study compared the experiences of families living in one of the nine states in 2005 that had enacted mental health parity or some form of autism insurance reform laws with that of families living in states without such laws. The peer-reviewed paper, State Insurance Parity Legislation for Autism Services and Family Financial Burden, was published in the June edition of the journal “Intellectual and Development Disabilities.”
We found that families who live in states that have passed parity legislation spent considerably less for their children with autism than families living in states without such legislation, said Parish, the Nancy Lurie Marks professor of disability policy at Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Families who lived in states that required some form of autism insurance coverage were 28 percent less likely to have spent over $500 for their childs health care costs. Families living in states with mental health parity laws were 29 percent less likely to have spent over $500.
”This report bolsters what autism families know first-hand — that autism insurance reform provides needed financial relief, said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs.
The study drew child and family data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. The team then modeled the association between state laws on autism services and the families’ financial burden, adjusting for child-, family-, and state-level characteristics. The study found that 78 percent of the families reported some health care expenditures for their child over the prior 12 months, and of those, more than half 54 percent said they spent more than $500.
This study offers preliminary evidence in support of advocates’ arguments that requiring private insurers to cover autism services will reduce families’ financial burdens associated with their children’s health care expenses, according to the study abstract.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state but Wyoming now has a mental health parity law on the books, requiring that insurers cover mental illness and/or substance abuse equally as physical illnesses. Michigan and Pennsylvania require parity only for substance abuse.
Families have successfully sued for autism benefits under their states mental health parity laws in Washington and California.
In addition to Parish, the study team included Kathleen Thomas of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; Roderick Rose of the University of North Carolina; and Mona Kilanyand Robert McConville of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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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.