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Idaho becomes the 47th state to require autism insurance coverage!
April 3, 2018
For most locations across the globe, April 2nd, 2018 was a celebration of World Autism Awareness Day proclamations and “Light It Up Blue” recognitions. However, Idaho constituents had another reason to celebrate as Idaho became the 47th state to require autism insurance coverage!
The celebration in the Idaho Governor’s office brought together families with children who have autism, health advocates, and state officials to celebrate increased acceptance and support for individuals with autism. The ceremony began with Lt. Governor Brad Little’s proclamation signing in recognition of the month of April as World Autism Month and April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day.
The Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, Dean Cameron, then announced the release of a new bulletin requiring meaningful insurance coverage for individuals with autism. The bulletin issued by the Idaho Department of Insurance requires all individual, small group and large group insurance plans to cover evidence-based treatment for autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis.
In Cameron’s bulletin to insurers, he explains that “due to currently inconsistent coverage of treatments for autism spectrum disorder by Idaho health plans, the Department of Insurance is clarifying that such treatments cannot be excluded from coverage if rehabilitative or habilitative services are covered.”
The bulletin states that “treatments for autism spectrum disorder are to be considered part of Idaho’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package under mental health services including behavioral health treatment.”
Efforts to expand autism insurance coverage began in the early 2000’s and have continued every year since then with additional states passing new autism insurance legislation reform.
“Idaho is behind compared to the rest of the states…but now you can go through the normal route to get these services with your insurance that you’re already paying for. This benefits the state, it benefits families and it benefits the professionals looking to come here”
said Sharon Oberleitner, a mother of a 25 year-old son with autism.
As stated by Lorri Unumb, VP of State Government Affairs at Autism Speaks –
“The announcement that was made today is absolutely life-changing for families with autism. To get the right kind of treatment and intervention as recommended by the doctor for your child with autism can change the entire trajectory of that child’s life.”
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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.