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Autism Speaks Endorses 2014 Kansas Insurance Reform Bill
January 29, 2014
TOPEKA (January 29, 2014) — Autism Speaks endorsed legislation introduced in Kansas to expand autism insurance benefits provided since 2010 to state employees to cover more families.
The bill (HB.2531) was introduced by Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee) [left] and would require coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), for certain private health plans affecting hundreds of Kansas families. The bill was introduced with 34 cosponsors.
“Autism Speaks joins the Kansas autism community in commending Representative Rubin for his leadership on behalf of our kids,” said Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks’ associate director of state government affairs, and a Kansas resident. “The pilot program for state employees was an overwhelming success and families across Kansas have waited too long for the same benefits to become available to them as well.”
Rubin’s bill would require autism coverage by fully funded large group plans and “grandfathered” small group and individual plans. The measure has been referred to the House Insurance Committee.
The Kansas City Star reported last August that House Speaker Ray Merrick was determined to get autism insurance reform through the Legislature whether or not the insurance industry was willing to compromise. In 2012, an autism insurance reform bill fell just a few votes short of passage in the Senate; last year, the bill never got a hearing.
The pilot program was created for state employees under a 2010 law to determine cost impacts and the benefits provided to people with autism. The program was made permanent last year by the Kansas State Employee Health Care Commission. According to 2012 claims data, the annual cost to the state was $309,216, or 26 cents per member per month (PMPM). Claims data from other states has demonstrated the monthly per member impact has averaged 31 cents PMPM.
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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.