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Wyoming becomes 49th state to require coverage of autism
April 25, 2019
On April 19, 2019, Wyoming became the 49th state to address autism insurance coverage in state-regulated plans. Wyoming Insurance Commissioner Tom Glause announced that all plans that have mental health coverage — including large group, small group, and individual plans — will be barred from excluding evidence-based treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The bulletin issued by the Wyoming Department of Insurance specifies that all insurance plans, whether grandfathered, non-grandfathered, transitional, or self-funded Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements, must come into compliance by July 1, 2019.
With this insurance bulletin, Wyoming joins North Dakota and Idaho in setting the national precedence that state-regulated insurance companies should be covering autism treatments under existing federal mental health parity law.
“We applaud the Wyoming Department of Insurance for issuing this comprehensive, far-reaching bulletin, which will literally change lives of individuals with autism in Wyoming,” said Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs. “When I met with department attorneys in Cheyenne last year, I could tell they wanted to do the right thing; they just needed to find the right opportunity, and today they did.”
Nationally, efforts to expand autism insurance coverage began in the early 2000’s and have continued every year since then. While we celebrate Wyoming as the 49th state to address coverage of autism, we recognize the gaps in coverage that still exist in Tennessee as well as states where the coverage is not universally available.
Timely access to medically necessary treatments, including ABA, can change the trajectory of a person’s life. However, autism families routinely face obstacles in accessing and affording this care for children, transition age-youth, and adults with autism.
Autism Speaks will continue to work toward improving coverage for autism treatments across the country through the expansion of existing state insurance mandates and by ensuring access to medically necessary care pursuant to Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment mandate.
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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.