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Ohio becomes the 45th state to pass autism insurance reform
UPDATE: Governor Kasich has signed HB 463 making Ohio the 45th state to enact autism insurance reform
December 13, 2016
On the final night of a two-year session, the Ohio legislature passed HB 463, which included a provision that will bring autism insurance coverage to thousands of Ohio families impacted by autism. HB 463 requires coverage for medically necessary treatments of autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) for individuals under the age of 14 years.
After passing a more robust version of autism insurance reform, HB 350, in a House committee earlier this session, advocates faced significant opposition from outside groups concerned with potential costs for employers.
Representative Cheryl Grossman and other supporters in the legislature worked tirelessly to develop compromise language, which was amended into HB 463 during the final days of the lame duck session. Despite the addition of several amendments unrelated to autism, HB 463 passed by a vote of 26 to 5 in the Ohio Senate after it was approved in the House late Thursday afternoon. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on January 4, 2017.
“Working with an extraordinary group of friends and experts to make Ohio forty-fifth in the nation to offer this coverage has been one of the most rewarding goals I have accomplished as a state representative. One of the gifts of being a public servant, are the people you meet and the stories you learn. The autism community is an example of people who are the very best. They work together for one important goal. Our world is a better place when you are privileged to be with such special friends,”” said champion of autism insurance reform, Ohio Representative Cheryl Grossman.
Marci Ingram, a parent advocate, has been advocating for autism insurance reform in Ohio for almost a decade. “I am so grateful for the tireless devotion from our Autism Speaks government affairs team and the local volunteers who put in countless hours to make Autism parity the law in Ohio. I am equally grateful for the Ohio legislative leaders who had the courage to push for a compromise that made this bill possible. The winners are our families who have young ones on the autism spectrum who will now have the early intervention that is critical for best outcomes. I am proud to be a part of this team victory,” said Ms. Ingram.
“While the bill is not perfect, it is a foot in the door for Ohio families who have been trying every year since 2007 to get autism insurance passed,” said Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks. “We are grateful to the Ohio legislators who worked hard behind the scenes to make this happen.”
Through executive order of Governor Kasich, coverage for ABA and other medically necessary treatments for autism have been required in state employee health plans and qualified health plans like those sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace in Ohio since 2014.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.