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California Judge Approves Sweeping New Rules on ABA
March 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO (March 12, 2013) — A state judge has given the California Department of Insurance the go-ahead to institute emergency regulations preventing state-regulated health insurers from limiting visits or costs for ABA treatment for autism. Proposed in response to widespread complaints of delays and denials in accessing ABA treatment, the emergency rules became effective March 11, impacting an estimated 42,000 children with autism.
“I am extremely pleased that the Office of Administrative Law has approved our emergency regulations,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones [right]. “These emergency regulations will ensure that insurance companies cover medically necessary treatment required by the Mental Health Parity Act and Senator Darrell Steinberg’s (2011) autism treatment legislation.
“Autistic children and their families should now, without delay, receive the transformative treatment that will enable them to succeed in school, their families, and communities,” he said
Jones proposed the emergency regulations in February by declaring autism a public health crisis. He said denials and delays by health insurers in approving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment were making the crisis worse.
The department said the insurance industry’s actions failed to comply with California’s 1999 Mental Health Parity Act and the 2011 autism insurance reform law sponsored by Senator President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. The regulations specifically:
- prohibit visit limits on coverage
- prohibit dollar limits on coverage, unless they apply equally to all benefits under the policy
- prohibit denials or unreasonable delays for behavioral health treatment on the basis of a claimed need for IQ testing, or on the grounds that such treatment is experimental, investigational, or educational, or would not be provided or supervised by a licensed individual, provided that individual is certified by a national accredited entity such as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
The action is expected to divert between $138.8 million and $197.8 million in treatment costs over the next year from taxpayers to insurers. The department determined that 42,000 California children between the ages of 3 and 21, including 8,500 children between the ages of 3 and 5, would be directly affected.
Jones said the Insurance Department, since January 2011, had received 71 complaints, reflecting cumulative delays of 12,864 days, or 35.2 years, in obtaining medically necessary treatment. The State Council of Development Disabilities reported that children transitioning from Regional Center services to private ABA treatment providers had been forced to wait over three months to begin receiving services.
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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.