Autism Speaks Takes On ‘Big Insurance’ In NC With Ad Campaign | July 15, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA #STOPBigAutism #EndAutismSpeaks


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Autism Speaks Takes On ‘Big Insurance’ In NC With Ad Campaign

July 15, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (July 14, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of newspaper advertisements supporting families affected by autism in their fight towards autism insurance reform in the North Carolina Legislature. The North Carolina House twice in two years has passed reform bills, but the Senate has refused to take up the issue.

The ads lay out the medical and economic facts of applied behavior analysis (ABA) that have been misrepresented by Blue Cross Blue Shield and other opponents to autism insurance reform in this year’s short session. They also highlight the overwhelming 82 percent public support for this legislation in recent polling. (Note: Non-Autistic people poll.)

“It is shameless that Big Insurance companies are fighting against efforts to help children and their families who pay thousands of dollars a year in premiums for coverage that provides no meaningful autism benefits,” said Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs. “The Senate must not stand for these barefaced lies and work with the House in finding a solution to help the 1 in 58 children affected with autism across the state.”

In both the 2013 and 2014 sessions the House has passed insurance reform bills, only to see the effort stalled by inaction in the Senate. During that time, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, Nebraska, Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands have enacted reform, while six other states, including Texas and Kansas, have strengthened their original laws.

“How is it that leading medical professionals and 37 other states have concluded the same thing, yet Blue Cross continues to look the other way,” said Unumb. “It’s time for the North Carolina Senate to stand with thousands of families who pay $60,000 a year out of pocket forcing some to move out of state.”

Researchers from the UNC Institute for Development Disabilities, American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institute for Mental Health, the U.S. Surgeon General and countless other professional organizations have all endorsed ABA as an evidence-based treatment that has advanced the development and quality of life for generations of children with autism. 

The ads will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


82% of North Carolinians
want autism insurance reform
but BCBS is fighting them.

/North Caralina statewide pol conducted May 21-22, 201-4 by Pubic Opinion Strat
They cover autism treatment, including ABA therapy, in 37 OTHER
states, where the legislature has passed an autism insurance bill.

But NOT HERE. Hey BCBS – LIVE FEARLESS? Not if you live in North
Carolina and have a child with autism.


BBS of NC says the treatment is “educational”
and should be handled by the schools.

BBS of NC says the coverage will cost too much.


  • Under the bill, ABA therapy must be covered only
    when it is prescribed by a doctor and deemed
    medically necessary.
  • The American Medical Association recently
    created CPT codes for ABA therapy. The AMA
    does not create PT codes for teachers to use
    in schools.
    “The idea that the educational system is respon
    sible for the treatment of children with autism
    does not reflect the state-of-the-art knowledge
    in the scientific, clinical literature and leads to
    continued denial of evidence-based treatments
    for children with autism.’
  • The actual cost in other states where insurance
    covers this treatment has averaged 31 cents
    per member per month – less than one
    Happy Meal per year. Most North Carolinians
    (82%) support this bill requiring insurance
    coverage for autism, even knowing what the
    cost is.
    A Virginia report shows the total cost of all 30 of
    Virginia’s state-mandated benefits (compared
    to NC’s 22 mandated benefits) is only about
    $5.50 per month.
  • Spreading the risk is what insurance is for.
  • The cost of not requiring coverage for ABA
    treatment is enormous to the taxpayers. The
    lifetime societal cost for each individual with
    autism is estimated at $3.2 million. Ganz,2007,
    BBS of NC says ABA therapy is “experimental.”
  • The use of ABA therapy for children with autism
    is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the
    American Academy of Pediatrics, and has been
    proven to be the most cost-effective treatment
    after decades of use.

    for Autism
    Insurance Reform

  • Last year the NC House of Representatives passed the autism
    insurance bill by a vote of 105-7.

  • It’s time for the North Carolina Senate to act.
  • Pan for by Audism Speaks
    Its time to listen.

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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