Autism Speaks | MO Agency: Autism Treatment Grows, Costs Stay ‘Negligible’ (PDF Avail.) | Feb. 3, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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MO Agency: Autism Treatment Grows, Costs Stay ‘Negligible’

February 03, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY (February 3, 2014) — Over 3,000 Missourians with autism are accessing treatment through the state’s 2010 autism insurance reform law, but the impact on overall claims cost remains “negligible” at 0.2 percent, a state agency reported today.

The findings by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP), submitted annually to the Legislature, offer valuable insight nationally into the real-life costs of requiring coverage of autism benefits by law.

“Missouri’s landmark autism insurance law continues to deliver benefits for families impacted by autism,” said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance. “Especially encouraging is the continued low impact on overall health insurance claims.”

In opposing the 2010 Missouri bill, the insurance industry claimed the requirement would boost premiums as much as 3 percent. But according to the new DIFP report, the claims impact for 2013 was 0.2 percent.

“Since claims are only one component of total costs that impact health insurance rates,” DIFP concluded, “the overall impact of the mandate on rates is likely to be significantly less than 0.2 percent.”

The 2013 report found that 3,070 Missourians with autism accessed coverage in 2013, up from 2,508 in 2012. While this represented a 22.4 percent increase, the resulting cost impact was 20.5 percent. Of the 3,070 participants, 2,165 were under age 18 and therefore eligible under the law for coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

“Policymakers look closely at these cost impacts when weighing whether to require coverage for autism treatments by law,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq, Autism Speaks executive vice president for state government affairs. “What too often gets lost are the benefits for people with autism who receive this treatment.

“The Missouri experience clearly demonstrates a ‘win-win’ scenario for costs and benefits,” she said.

The Missouri law applies to state-regulated health plans and requires ABA coverage up to age 18. Fully funded large and small group plans are required to provide the coverage; individual plans are required only to offer the coverage.

However, under the Affordable Care Act, all new individual plans starting this year must cover autism benefits, including ABA. 

State-regulated health plans in Missouri cover 1.3 million state residents.

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”


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 workIn 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.

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