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Kasich Signs Order Creating Autism Insurance Benefits
January 09, 2013
COLUMBUS (January 9, 2013) — Governor John Kasich conducted a ceremonial signing of his December order requiring coverage of autism benefits in the state’s new health care exchange beginning in 2014. The order will also cover state employees once agreements are reached with the employee unions.
“The problem is this had been undone for too long,” said Kasich. “We had a moment, an opportunity, to pull the Legislature in almost on Christmas Eve to deliver a present for all these families who play by the rules and for all their children. Today is family day in Ohio.”
The autism benefits will cover 20 hours of ABA weekly, 20 visits per year for speech and language therapy, 20 visits per year for occupational therapy and 30 visits per year for mental/behavioral health outpatient services performed by a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician.
“Autism Speaks is grateful for Governor Kasich’s leadership and for not giving up on our children,” said Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks’ assistant director of state government affairs. “Thank you for recognizing the fiscal and moral imperative of providing coverage for the treatment of autism. Your actions are clearly a win-win solution for Ohio.”
Required as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, the health care exchanges will serve as online markets for individuals and small businesses to obtain insurance. The exchanges are required to include 10 “essential health benefits,” including coverage of behavioral health treatment, such as ABA.
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.