[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Summary of West Virginia 2011 Autism Insurance Reform Bills:
Senate Bill 218 – Sponsored by Senators Evan H.Jenkins (District 5 – Cabell) and Jeffrey V. Kessler (District 2 – Marshall) (Acting Senate President)
House Bill 2693 – Sponsored by Representative Barbara Evans Fleischauer (District 44 – Monongalia)
- Would require most state regulated private group health insurance plans and the West Virginia Public Employees Health Insurance Plan to provide coverage of the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and the law will go into effect on July 1, 2011. However, the coverage applies to policies as they issue or renew on or after January 1, 2012.
- HB 2693 includes a maximum benefit for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy of $30,000 annually for the first three consecutive years from the date treatment commences and a maximum benefit of $2,000 monthly thereafter until the individual reaches age 18
- HB 2693 stipulates that insurers must cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy that is provided or supervised by a certified behavior analyst
- The bill applies only to state regulated group health insurance plans and the West Virginia Public Employees Health Plan. It does not apply to self-funded insurance plans as these plans are regulated by the federal government under ERISA law
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.