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Maine Lawmakers Say ‘Yes’ To Kids With Autism
May 01, 2014
AUGUSTA (May 1, 2014) — The Maine Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that will expand benefits under the state’s 2010 autism insurance law from age 5 through age 10. The new law takes effect January 1, 2015.
The Senate voted 30-5 to override the veto then sent the bill, LD.347, to the House which followed suit by a vote of 115-32. LePage had vetoed the bill, one of 30 he rejected, over objections to its impact on premiums and state expenditures.
Autism Speaks Director of State Government Affairs Judith Ursitti (center) celebrates the vote with Heidi and Kevin Bowen of the Maine Autism Alliance
The Legislature’s votes easily surpassed the two-thirds supermajority required to override the veto. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec).
Maine now joins 10 other states that have expanded their original autism insurance reform laws, including Vermont, Texas and Louisiana which all raised the age caps. The other state expansion bills were all signed by their Governors.
Maine’s law requires individual, and large and small group plans in the fully funded market to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Treatment includes psychiatric and psychological counseling; speech, occupational and physical therapy; and habilitative therapy, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA coverage is capped at $36,000 per year.
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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.