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TRICARE Rolls Out New ABA Program For Military Kids
June 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2014) — The Department of Defense has announced plans to consolidate its three different ABA programs under TRICARE with a new “Autism Care Demonstration” for all TRICARE beneficiaries with autism spectrum disorders.
The announcement was made in the Federal Register, but provided few details on how the new program would work. The new program would replace a one-year pilot program that expires next month, and incorporate two other plan offerings providing coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment.
The action comes as Congress considers measures requiring TRICARE to improve ABA benefits, reduce restrictions on access to care, and make the treatment available to all children with developmental disabilities, not just autism.
The Autism Care Demonstration program would start July 25 and run through 2018. The new demonstration allows coverage of BCBA/BCBA-D direct services and the tiered service delivery model, which includes BCaBAs and Behavior Technicians. The demonstration will be phased in, enabling regional contractors to work with beneficiaries to ensure a smooth transition and avoid disruptions in services. Cost-sharing requirements for parents appear unchanged.
TRICARE’s website states that ABA services under the program will not be subject to annual dollar caps on care. Visit TRICARE’s updated autism services page here.
The implementation and policy details of the new demonstration have not been published yet; Autism Speaks will provide additional analysis as more information is provided.
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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.