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Department of Defense announces ABA coverage improvements for TRICARE
May 29, 2015
Washington, DC— TRICARE, the Department of Defense healthcare program, announced improvements to its coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for beneficiaries with autism. The improvements were announced as amendments to the TRICARE Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration (ACD).
The newly published federal register notice describes the changes, including aligning ABA cost shares with other outpatient services under the TRICARE Basic Program and having cost shares accrue to the annual family catastrophic cap. ABA provider reimbursement rates will be based on “geographic practice cost indices.”
The notice states, “As a result of this adjustment, all TRICARE beneficiaries receiving ABA for ASD under the ACD will now be protected from excessive out of pocket costs by the applicable catastrophic cap based on their sponsor’s status and TRICARE plan under which covered.”
The ACD goals are to evaluate ABA under TRICARE and determine appropriate delivery models, cost sharing requirements, and provider reimbursement rates while increasing access to ABA services.
“This is a very positive step to ensure ABA services are affordable to military families,” said Karen Driscoll, Associate Director, Federal Government Affairs & Military Relations. “We applaud TRICARE and DoD leadership for listening and responding to the concerns from the community.”
All changes go into effect on October 1, 2015.
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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.