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Colorado Governor Signs Autism Insurance Expansion
April 16, 2015
DENVER– Governor John Hickenlooper signed an autism insurance coverage expansion bill, SB15-015, to eliminate all visit and dollar limits on coverage for autism-related health expenses. The landmark achievement for the Colorado autism community also clarifies autism as a mental health condition entitled to the protections of state and federal mental health parity law.
“The passage of SB15-015 is fantastic news for the families in Colorado who struggle with an autism diagnosis. No longer can autism benefits be restricted by artificial visit or dollar limits, and no longer can autism be subject to different rules than apply to other conditions. Kudos to Senator Kefalas, the Colorado families, and the coalition of local organizations that came together to advance this cause,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs.
Grassroots advocates across the state worked with lead sponsor Senator John Kefalas to expand coverage for Colorado families affected by autism.
“I was thrilled to be part of the legislative process as I worked with Senator Kefalas, Autism Speaks, and other advocacy organizations on SB15-015. While my son will likely never benefit from SB15-015, it means a lot to know that starting in 2017, children with autism in Colorado will have one less hurdle to accessing medically necessary levels of ABA therapy,” said local advocate Cari Brown.
Colorado originally passed reforms that required coverage for autism-related expenses in June of 2009, and the expansion of coverage is timely as rates of children with autism continue to grow. Just last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their prevalence rates for autism in the United States to one in 68 children (one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which was a staggering 30% increase from 2008 to 2010.
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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.