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Autism Speaks Endorses 2013 Nebraska Autism Insurance Reform Bill
January 23, 2013
NEW YORK (January 24, 2013) – Autism Speaks today endorsed LB-505, a new autism insurance reform bill, which would bar state-regulated health plans in Nebraska from refusing to cover the diagnosis and treatment of treatment of autism. Nebraska is now just one of 18 states that has yet to enact reform through legislation.
Sponsored by state Senator Colby Coash (right), the bill would require up to$70,000 a year in coverage for behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, for the first three years of treatment. The limit would be $20,000 annually thereafter until the age of 21.
Families paying thousands of dollars a year in insurance premiums would gain coverage for the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals up to the age of 21. During the past year, the reported incidence of autism has risen from 1 in every 110 American children to 1 in 88; a more recent South Korea study showed a 1 in 38 prevalence rate.
”We commend Senator Coash for his leadership on this issue of critical concern to thousands of Nebraska families,” said Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks’ associate director of state government affairs. ”Autism Speaks joins the state’s autism community in calling on the Senate to pass LB-505 so that Nebraska children can qualify for the same coverage as their peers from Alaska to Florida.”
In the absence of coverage, families are forced to pay what they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost upwards of $50,000 or more per year. In the process, many risk their homes and the educations of their unaffected children essentially mortgaging their entire futures.
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.