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Autism Speaks Endorses NC Autism Insurance Bill
Tarheel State Lights It Up Blue with new reform initiative
April 02, 2013
NEW YORK (April 2, 2013) — North Carolina celebrated World Autism Awareness Day with the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would require state-regulated health insurance plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism.
Autism Speaks has endorsed the bill, HB.498, which is sponsored by Reps. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), Tom Murry (R-Wake), and Phil Shepard (R-Onslow).
North Carolina is one of just 18 states yet to reform its insurance laws to require the coverage of autism. The new bill would cover speech, occupational and physical therapy; behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, would be covered for up to $75,000 a year. The bill would take effect October 1.
In addition, the bill would benefit military families stationed in North Carolina by removing restrictive laws that prevent TRICARE providers from operating in the state. TRICARE is the Department of Defense health insurance program. More than a quarter million active duty and retired military personnel and their dependents reside at installations in North Carolina, including Camp LeJeune, Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.
”We commend our legislative champions for their leadership on this issue of critical concern to thousands of North Carolina families,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs. ”Autism Speaks joins North Carolina’s autism community in calling on the legislature to pass HB.498 and join the growing majority of states that have ended healthcare discrimination against children with autism.”
In addition to North Carolina, Hawaii, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee and Georgia are pursuing autism insurance reform and five other states are moving bills to expand their existing coverage.
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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.