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Autism Speaks Endorses 2013 Oregon Insurance Reform Bill
January 17, 2013
NEW YORK (January 17, 2013) — Autism Speaks today formally endorsed S.365 , the 2013 Oregon autism insurance reform bill, which would require insurers to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism.
Sponsored by Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford), the bill requires that insurance policies cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism the same as they do for physical illnesses. It would apply to state-regulated health plans for individuals and small groups. It would also create a state licensing process for ABA practitioners.
”We applaud and thank Senator Bates for his leadership on this issue of critical concern to thousands of Oregon families,” said Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs. ”Autism Speaks joins Oregon’s autism community in calling on the legislature to pass S.365 and join the growing majority of states that have ended healthcare discrimination against children with autism.”
The bill would:
- establish requirements for coverage of autism spectrum disorders by health benefit plans, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board and the Oregon Educators Benefit Board
- require coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders
- prohibit insurers from terminating coverage or refusing to issue or renew coverage for an individual solely because the individual has been diagnosed or received treatment for autism
- prevent ASD coverage from being subject to dollar limits, deductibles, copayments or coinsurance provisions that are less favorable than the provisions that apply to physical illness
- prevent denial of coverage on the basis that the service is habilitative or rehabilitative
- cover medically necessary treatment provided in the home and the community, without affecting any obligation to provide services under an IFSP or IEP
- require the Oregon Health Licensing Agency to create a establish licensing procedure for ABA providers
The City of Portland last year began providing autism insurance benefits for city employees.
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.