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Fiscal Analysis Finds No Measurable Cost Impact From SB.126
Bill would extend autism insurance coverage through mid-2019
March 26, 2013
OAKLAND (March 26, 2013) — The California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) has concluded that SB.126, a bill that would extend the state’s autism insurance reform law another five years, would have no “measurable cost impact.”
CHBRP was directed to analyze the bill by the Senate Health Committee which has scheduled an April 10 hearing on SB.126, which is sponsored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg sponsored the current autism insurance reform law which expires in July 2014. SB.126 would extend the requirement to July 2019.
In addition to the Steinberg law, CHBRP said the state’s mental health parrity law requires coverage for intensive behavioral intervention therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). The agency estimated that the laws require coverage for 127,000 individuals with autism who are enrolled in state-regulated health plans; of that number, “12,700 are estimated to currently use intensive behavioral intervention therapies.”
Read the CHBRP analysis
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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.