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DC Council Approves Autism Insurance Reform
June 04, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2013) — The District of Columbia Council today unanimously approved an insurance reform bill that will require coverage for ABA for autism through small group and individual policies starting next year. Once signed by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, who requested the bill, the District will join 33 states that have enacted autism insurance reform.
The District Council by voice vote approved changes to its American Health Benefit Exchange that starts operation in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act. One of the changes is a requirement that all small group and individual plans cover habilitative services, including “applied behavior analysis for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.”
Small groups are employer health plans with fewer than 50 members.
The change is part of the Better Prices, Better Quality, Better Choices for Health Coverage Act of 2013, which Gray requested the council to approve. The changes, including ABA coverage, were recommended by the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority in March.
All individual and new small group health plans will have to operate through the District’s new health benefit exchange in 2014. Existing small group plans will be required to provide the Exchange’s benefits in 2014, then operate through the Exchange in 2015.
Minnesota last month became the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform. In addition to the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Oregon and Nebraska are advancing bills that would require coverage of autism therapies.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.