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South Dakota House Votes 57-12 For Autism Insurance Reform
February 24, 2014
PIERRE, SD (February 24, 2014) — The South Dakota House of Representatives yesterday approved an autism insurance reform bill 57-12 and sent the measure to the Senate. As amended by a House committeee, the bill, HB.1257, sets no dollar or visit caps on treatments, or age limits for receiving treatment, which includes applied behavior analysis (ABA).
Rep. Scott Munsterman, the chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, said the bill would apply to health plans covering 60,000 to 90,000 South Dakotans. In response to criticisms the legislation would not cover more individuals, he said it could be amended in the Senate to be broader.
Much of the floor debate on the bill involved criticisms of the insurance industry. In response to an industry claim that autism coverage would raise premiums as much as $7 per person per year, Rep. Charlie Hoffman said, “$7 a year? That’s peanuts, we blow that out of our gas tank driving around town every day.”
Rep. Scott Ecklund [left], a Sioux Falls physician, said the state has only two developmental pediatricians, both of whom practice in Sioux Falls. One told him that ABA has over 30 years of evidence to support its use as a medical treatment for autism, but that without insurance coverage too few families can access the therapy for their children.
Ecklund went on to mock the insurance industry’s complaints about mandates. “As a physician, the insurance companies mandate me all the time with their requirements,” he said.
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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.