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Nebraska judge rules in favor of families with autism
July 07, 2015
In a major legal victory for Nebraska families, a state court judge, John Colborn, has ruled that Nebraska is obligated to cover medically necessary treatments for children affected with autism. An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid.
In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reaffirmed states’ obligations to cover medically necessary treatments for children with autism enrolled in Medicaid. The federal agency directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
The CMS announcement made clear that autism treatment must be addressed under Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services, which cover Medicaid-eligible children up to the age of 21.
“We are pleased that District Judge John Colborn resoundingly affirmed that the state Medicaid agency must provide the full range of of medically necessary services children and their families need and are entitled to by law, , including Applied Behavior Analysis,” said Dan Unumb, Esq., the Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. “We will continue to work with families across the country to make sure children have access to these life-changing treatments.
If your family has been denied medically necessary treatment (including ABA) under Medicaid, please contact the Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 (en Espanol 888-772-9050) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center or the National Disability Rights Network to get information about accessing Medicaid benefits.
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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.