Autism Speaks | New ABA Benefit for Federal Employees to be Offered in 2013 | Oct. 26, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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UPDATED: New ABA Benefit for Federal Employees to be Offered in 2013

October 26, 2012

NEW YORK (October 26, 2012) — A revised analysis by Autism Speaks of the new ABA coverage to be offered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program for 2013 has identified 67 participating health plans operating in 22 states. The FEHB is the nation’s largest single health insurance program, covering eight million federal employees, dependents and retirees. Open season for 2013 medical coverage runs November 12 through December 10.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which manages the insurance program, determined earlier this year that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely used behavioral intervention for treating autism, is a “medical” therapy that qualifies for health insurance coverage. The decision was rendered in the form of guidance to insurers that participate in the FEHB Program for policies that will be renewed or issued starting in 2013.

The OPM decision did not require the insurers to cover ABA, but rather allowed them to offer the coverage as it does many other medical treatments.

The revised analysis by Autism Speaks found that, out of 230 participating health plans, 67 chose to offer the ABA benefit in 2013. FEHB subscribers will be covered anywhere in Arkansas, Minnesota and New Mexico (dark green); in 19 other states, the coverage will be offered in various regions (light green.)

This analysis is intended as a guide only; to confirm whether or not your health plan will offer ABA coverage, contact the plan directly.

The plans that will offer an ABA benefit in 2013 are:

QualChoice (Statewide)

Anthem Blue Cross Select HMO (Southern California)
UnitedHealthcare of California (Central and Southern California)
Blue Shield of CA Access+HMO (Southern Region)

Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Southern Florida) High Option
Capital Health Plan (Tallahassee area)
Humana Medical Plan, Inc. (South Florida)
Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Southern Florida) High Deductible Health Plan
Humana Medical Plan, Inc. (Tampa)

Humana Health Plan, Inc. (Chicago)
Union Health Service (Chicago area)
Humana Benefit Plan of Illinois, Inc. (Central, Northwestern Illinois) High Option
Blue Preferred Plus POS (Madison, St. Clair counties)
Humana Benefit Plan of Illinois, Inc. (Central, Northwestern Illinois) Standard Option
United Healthcare of the Midwest, Inc. (Southwest Illinois)

Humana Health Plan, Inc. (Lake/Porter/LaPorte counties)
Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana (Northeast Indiana)

Coventry Health Care of Iowa (Central/Eastern/Western Iowa) High Option
Coventry Health Care of Iowa (Central/Eastern/Western Iowa) Standard Option
HealthPartners (Northern Iowa) High and Standard Options 

Coventry Health Care of Kansas (Kansas City)-HDHP Kansas City Metro Area (KS and MO)
Coventry Health Care of Kansas (Kansas City Metro Area, KS and MO)

Coventry Health Care of Louisiana (New Orleans area)

Fallon Community Health Plan (Central/Eastern Massachusetts)

Health Alliance Plan (Southeastern Michigan/Flint Area) High Option
Physicians Health Plan (Mid-Michigan)
Health Alliance Plan (Southeastern Michigan/Flint Area) Standard Option
Bluecare Network of MI (Traverse City)
Bluecare Network of MI (Grand Rapids)
Bluecare Network of MI (East Region)
Bluecare Network of MI (Southeast Region)

HealthPartners (Statewide) High and Standard Options 

Blue Preferred Plus POS (St Louis/Central/SW areas)
Coventry Health Care of Kansas (Kansas City)-HDHP Kansas City Metro Area (KS and MO)
United Healthcare of the Midwest, Inc. (St. Louis Area)
Coventry Health Care of Kansas (Kansas City Metro Area, KS and MO)

Health Plan of Nevada (Las Vegas, Esmeralda and Nye counties)

New Jersey
GHI Health Plan (Northern New Jersey)

New Mexico
Lovelace Health Plan (Statewide)

New York
Independent Health Association (Western New York) High and Standard Options
MVP Health Care (Eastern Region)
MVP Health Care (Western Region)
MVP Health Care (Central Region)
MVP Health Care (Northern Region)
MVP Health Care (Mid-Hudson Region)
Independent Health Assoc (Western New York) High Deductible Health Plan

North Dakota
HealthPartners (Eastern North Dakota) High and Standard Options

HealthAmerica Pennsylvania (Greater Pittsburgh Area)
UPMC Health Plan (Western Pennsylvania) High Option
Geisinger Health Plan (Northeastern/Central/South Central areas)
UPMC Health Plan (Western Pennsylvania) Standard Option
HealthAmerica Pennsylvania (Greater Pittsburgh area) HDHP

South Dakota
HealthPartners (Eastern South Dakota) High and Standard Options

Firstcare (Waco area)
Firstcare (West Texas)
Firstcare (Taylor/Callahan/Eastland)
Firstcare (Lubbock area)
Firstcare (Robertson/Brazos/Grimes/Madison/WA)
UnitedHealthcare Benefits of Texas, Inc. (San Antonio)
Humana Health Plan of Texas (Corpus Christi)
Humana Health Plan of Texas (San Antonio)
Humana Health Plan of Texas (Austin)

Optima Health Plan (Hampton Roads and Richmond areas)

Physicians Plus (Dane County)
HealthPartners (Western Wisconsin) High and Standard Options 
Dean Health Plan (South Central Wisconsin)
Group Health Cooperative (South Central Wisconsin)

We will provide updated information as it becomes available

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism 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 workIn 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.

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