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California Includes Autism Benefits in Health Care Reform Plan
October 02, 2012
SACRAMENTO (October 2, 2012) — Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that incorporates autism insurance benefits, including ABA coverage, as part of California’s “essential health benefits” package that many individual and small group insurance plans must offer starting in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The selection of an essential health benefits package is a key step forward as each state implements the ACA which was enacted in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer. Congress specified 10 essential health benefits, such as hospitalization, emergency care and prescription drugs, as well as “habilitative services” and “behavioral health treatment.”
The bill signed by Governor Brown, AB-1453, sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Monning, designates the Kaiser Small Group HMO 30 plan as California’s essential health benefit benchmark plan. This includes coverage for benefits required by laws enacted before December 31, 2011, such as Mental Health Parity and SB.946, the autism insurance reform law. However, it does not cover grandfathered plans or self-insured plans which are governed under federal law.
California’s autism insurance reform bill, SB.946, sponsored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, was signed into law a year ago by Brown.
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.