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Washington State Kids Win Again In Federal Court
January 27, 2014
SEATTLE (January 27, 2014) — A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Regence BlueCross to stop denying claims for speech and occupational therapy for children with autism after the age of six.
The preliminary injunction issued by Judge Richard A. Jones marks the latest legal victory for Disability Rights Washington and a Seattle law firm which have filed eight class action lawsuits against Washington state insurers over denials of claims for services for children with autism. The suits allege the denials violate Washington’s Mental Health Parity Act.
Jones’ order will remain in affect while the class action lawsuit against Regence proceeds. The plaintiffs, represented by Ele Hamburger [above] and Rick Spoonemore, are seeking reimbursement for wrongfully denied claims going back to 2006.
Spoonemore told The Seattle Times that the Regence order was the largest yet among the various cases and could affect tens of thousands of children. In addition to Regence, actions have been filed against Group Health Cooperative, Molina Healthcare, Premera Blue Cross and the state’s Medicaid and public employee health benefits programs.
Last year, state workers agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the Washington State Health Care Authority to reimburse the out-of-pocket costs they paid for applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatments after their insurance claims were denied.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.