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Maryland Directs Insurers To Cover Autism Treatments
March 11, 2014
BALTIMORE (March 10, 2014) — A Maryland agency has directed many of the state’s private health plans to start covering treatments for individuals with autism through age 18. The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) finalized regulations that will require insurers to cover at least 25 hours a week of habilitative care for children with autism aged 18 months through 5 years, and a minimum of 10 hours a week of therapy for ages 6 though 18.
The new regulations culminate years of work by the MIA to clarify how Maryland’s habilitative care law applied to autism treatment. Rather than enact autism insurance reform legislation, the Maryland Legislature in 2012 directed the state agency to undertake the review and implement new regulations.
Autism Speaks worked closely with Pathfinders for Autism and other Maryland advocates to help shape the new regulations to require the best coverage.
Still remaining to be completed is the enactment of a new licensing statute so that Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) can be included in the list of reimbursable providers under the habilitative care mandate, as well as continued advocacy for the adoption of the tiered delivery model for ABA.
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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.