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New Hawaii Insurance Reform Bills Endorsed
January 28, 2013
NEW YORK (January 28, 2013) — Autism Speaks today endorsed SB.668 and HB.721, the new Hawaii autism insurance reform bills, which would require many health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. 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).
Sponsored in the Senate by Senators Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona) and Russell Ruderman (D-Puna, Ka’u), and in the House by Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi (D-Waialae Kahala), the bills would include up to $50,000 a year in coverage for behavioral health treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition, the bill would require coverage for autism-related psychiatric, psychological, pharmaceutical and therapeutic care.
Benefits would apply though age 25.
The Health, and Commerce and Consumer Protection committees will hold a joint hearing on the bill Wednesday, January 30 at 2 pm in Conference Room 229 at the State Capitol.
“We commend Senators Green and Ruderman and Rep. Kobayashi for their leadership on this issue of critical concern to thousands of Hawaii families,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs. ”Autism Speaks joins Hawaii’s autism community in calling on the legislature to pass this bill so that Hawaii can join the 32 other states that have delivered healthcare coverage for children with autism.”
Hawaii remains among the few states that do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay as much as they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost $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.
Alaska, Delaware and Michigan enacted reform laws last year; bills this year have been introduced in Oregon and Nebraska with more expected to follow.
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.