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FL Lawmaker Pushes For Easier Early Screening
January 02, 2014
TALLAHASSEE (January 2, 2014) — Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Broward) is again championing legislation that would enable parents who believe their young child may have autism to visit specialists for a diagnosis without getting preauthorization from their insurance company.
Ring has introduced the bill, (SB.174), for six consecutive legislative sessions dating back to 2009.
“Pediatricians are not necessarily trained to diagnosis autism,” Ring said in a report by The Florida Current. “I want parents to have direct access to those professionals, the psychiatrists and neurologists; the folks who do diagnosis it.”
Under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), screening for autism must be covered by most private health plans without cost-sharing at age 18 and 24 months. However, health plans can require “reasonable medical management techniques” under the ACA, including the “setting” of the preventive service.
Ring’s bill would require health plans to allow at least three visits per year for screening, evaluation or diagnosis of autism.
Ring takes another swing with autism bill
James Call, 12/20/2013 – 04:40 PM
Babe Ruth reportedly said, “Every strike brings me closer to a home run.” Jeremy Ring is no Babe Ruth; he’s a Florida state senator who has written a bill to help parents who suspect their child may have an autism spectrum disorder. And, like the Bambino, Ring keeps swinging for the fence: For the sixth straight session he has introduced a bill that would allow a parent to schedule a child for an ASD screening with a psychiatrist or neurologist without authorization from insurance companies.
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.