Autism Speaks | MO Regulator: Autism Insurance Reform Works | March 21, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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MO Regulator: Autism Insurance Reform Works

March 21, 2014

(March 21, 2014) — Missouri Department of Insurance Director John M. Huff said over 3,000 individuals accessed autism-related treatment in 2013 because of the state’s autism insurance reform law, a 22 percent increase over 2012. 

“Missouri’s landmark autism insurance law continues to deliver benefits for families impacted by autism,” Huff said in an address to the St. Louis Autism Partners. “Especially encouraging is the low impact these benefits have had on overall health claim costs. I again applaud Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the General Assembly for passing this common-sense legislation to improve health care for thousands of Missouri familes.”

Huff noted that the department’s annual Autism Report found that insurance claims for autism-related treatments totaled $8.2 million in 2013, representing  2/10 of 1 percent of the more than $4 billion in health claims paid by Missouri health insurers. Although Missouri law does not require health insurers to submit their rates to the state, Huff said the claims data suggest minimal, if any, impact on the premiums consumers pay.

Nixon signed the 2010 law which requires state-regulated health plans to cover specific autism therapies, including applied behavior analysis (ABA). The report found autism treatments have increased more than 92 percent since 2011.

Other findings from the report include:

  • Across all market segments, the average per member, per month cost in 2013 for all autism-related claims was 48 cents, and 22 cents for ABA treatments
  • More than 1.3 million individuals received coverage from a licensed insurer. Adding public employees and other self-insured entities, the department estimates that as many as 1.6 million individuals have benefited from the autism mandate
  • All policyholders in the large- and small-group markets now have insurance coverage for autism
  • The law allows insurers in the individual market to offer extra coverage for autism for an additional cost. Some companies offer it as a standard provision in every policy. As a result, about one-third of consumers enrolled in the individual market have this coverage.

The Department of Insurance offers online resources for families and health care providers. Consumers and providers with complaints or questions are encouraged to call the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or file a complaint at

St. Louis Autism Partners is composed of executive directors of autism organizations in the St. Louis metro area.

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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