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Topeka Lights It Up, Autism Bill Heads To Governor
April 02, 2014
TOPEKA (April 2, 2014) — The Kansas Senate marked 2014 World Autism Awareness Day by ending years of legislative debate and approving a bill that would expand insurance coverage of medically necessary treatments of autism. The measure heads to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Sponsored by Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee), the measure, HB.2744, was approved 38-2. The ‘no’ votes were cast by Senators Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee) and Caryn Tyson (R-Parker). Brownback [left], meanwhile, announced he was participating in today’s Light It Up Blue celebrations by illuminating Cedar Crest, the Kansas Governor’s Residence.
The legislation is the latest in a series of attempts to expand Kansas’ 2010 autism insurance reform law which is now restricted to state employees. The bill would require state-regulated large group and individual health plans to cover autism treatment for children up to the age of 12.
The 25-hour per week requirement for ABA would apply to the first four years following diagnosis then diminish to 520 hours per year afterwards.
“We’re very excited that it’s passed,” said Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks associate director for state government affairs. “It’s not perfect. There are some flaws, but it’s clearly a step in the right direction.”
Rubin earlier had introduced a bill proposing stronger coverages, but under intense insurance lobby pressure a compromise bill emerged from the House Insurance Committee. During committee debate on the bill, Rep. Scott Schwab of Olathe said he opposed mandates and that he was averse to “dealing with other people’s health insurance.”
Schwab chairs the committee.
If signed by Brownback, the bill would enable Kansas to join nine other states that have amended their original autism insurance laws to make them stronger.
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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.