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120-0: Mississippi Sends A Message on Insurance Reform
February 11, 2014
JACKSON, MS (February 11, 2014) — The Mississippi House of Representatives approved an autism insurance reform bill HB.542, sending it to the Senate by unanimous 120-0 vote.
“I feel we have done a good job educating the 120 members of the House,” said Quess Hood [left] of Ripley, who has helped lead the grassroots campaign for the bill. “Now we want the opportunity to do that with the Senate. It’s going to be hard to ignore such a strong message when we passed it unanimously.
“The resistance has been legislators not being educated in what people go through with a child with autism,” he said.
The bill would require coverage of the screening, diagnosis and treatment, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), of autism for state employees and teachers. The legislation would take effect July 1 if enacted. The Mississippi State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan covers 31,000 enrollees.
“Autism Speaks thanks our bill sponsor, Rep. Steve Massengill, of Hickory Flat, and Rep. Charles Busby of Pascagoula, who led the vote on the House floor,” said Shelley Hendrix, Autism Speaks’ director of grassroots advocacy. “We look forward to quick Senate consideration of our bill.”
The Senate version of the bill, SB.2679, is sponsored Sen. Rita Potts Park of Corinth.
In addition to ABA treatment, the bill would require coverage for autism-related psychiatric, psychological, pharmaceutical and therapeutic care, such as speech, occupational and physical therapy. The bill was amended in committee to assure that any pharmaceuticals used in treatment are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The bills set no dollar caps or limits on visits.
Mississippi is one of four southern states considering autism insurance reform legislation this year. In Georgia, the state’s autism insurance reform bill, Ava’s Law, awaits a hearing in Senate committee. In Tennessee, legislative action is expected to kick off shortly, while the North Carolina Senate is expected this spring to take up an autism insurance reform bill that passed the House 105-7 last year.
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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.