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Mississippi 40th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform
March 27, 2015
JACKSON- Governor Phil Bryant signed an autism insurance bill making Mississippi the 40th state to require autism-related coverage statewide after the legislature voted overwhelmingly to support reform. The measure, House Bill HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Steve Massengill (R-Hickory Flat).
The legislation signed by the governor requires coverage of autism-related services, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA), for children ages two to eight with the possibility for additional coverage if deemed medically necessary by a doctor.
“This new law is a major step forward for autism families in Mississippi,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Vice President, State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. “We express our gratitude to the bill sponsors and Secretary Hosemann, who worked tirelessly to reform the insurance laws of the state to benefit children with autism. We look forward to assisting Mississippi families, providers, and insurers as they implement HB885.”
This reform 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.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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.