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New York Includes Autism Benefits in Health Reform Plan
October 02, 2012
ALBANY (October 2, 2012) — New York has included autism coverage as part of the “essential health benefits” package individual and small group health plans will have to begin offering in the state in 2014 as part of federal health care reform.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted in 2010 and upheld last summer by the U.S. Supreme Court, the states are required to develop a list of essential health benefits, such as hospitalization, emergency care and prescription drugs, that many individual and small group health plans will have to provide. New York has decided to include the autism insurance benefits signed into law last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo as part of its package.
Both New York and California, which enacted state autism insurance reform laws in late 2011, have now decided to incorporate the benefits as they implement health care reform.
Congress specified in the ACA that behavioral health treatment, such as ABA, be included on the list of 10 essential health benefits. But Autism Speaks has expressed concern that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing implementation of the law, has not been clear enough with the states in requiring that the coverage be included.
New York State selected as its “benchmark plan” Oxford EPO, the state’s largest small group health plan.
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.