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Hawaii Passes Autism Insurance Reform
May 06, 2015
HONOLULU- The Hawaii legislature passed a landmark autism insurance reform bill during the 2015 legislative session. The legislation, which received overwhelming support, now heads to Governor David Ige for signature. If signed, Hawaii would join 41 other states guaranteeing insurance coverage for those with autism.
SB 791, sponsored by Senator Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona), would require state-regulated insurance plans to cover medically necessary treatment for autism including behavioral health treatment, psychiatric, psychological, pharmaceutical and therapeutic care. The legislation also requires plans to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) with a maximum of $25,000 per year through 13 years of age.
“This is the best policy I have ever been a part of. After more than a decade as a physician legislator I can say with certainty that this bill will do more good than virtually any other I’ve sponsored. I’m happy to my core that families with autistic children in Hawaii can finally get some help. These are wonderful children and they deserve this support,” said Sen. Green.
Rep. Della Au Belatti (D-Makiki/Tantalus) said, “This bill is a victory for children and families in Hawaii living with autism. Costs should never be a barrier for receiving proper treatment, and with the passage of this legislation, it is my hope that our keiki get the treatment and services they need. This bill works hand-in-hand with SB 40, regarding licensed behavioral analysts, to provide quality care to children with autism.”
SB 40, which also passed this legislative session, would require the licensing of behavior analysts and fund the implementation of a Behavior Analyst Program. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the leading treatment to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior for individuals with autism.
Rep. Bellati added, “Behavioral analysts provide essential treatment to individuals living with autism. This bill ensures that children with autism receive the best care from trained professionals.”
Families impacted by autism in Hawaii also celebrated the passage of, HB 119, ABLE Savings programs to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses.
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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.