Minnesota Senate panel OKs disputed autism treatment coverage mandate

Mar 23, 2013 Full story: TwinCities 12

A state Senate committee voted Friday, March 22, to approve a bill that would mandate insurance coverage for an expensive and controversial form of autism therapy.

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“I Want To Be Evil”

Since: Feb 13

I Wanna Be Bad

#1 Mar 23, 2013
$57,000 a year for an unproven treatment, of course the Democrat Senators approved it.
And, the idiot voters keep electing these frauds!
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#2 Mar 23, 2013
Look at the second comment, clueless/childless porker..

It is so proven it's not funny. The medical companies just don't want to pay it. They's pay millions to keep someone alive for a few months but not 60K for kids. Believe me it works and it saves money to society in the end.

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 23, 2013
actually therapy for autism does work. it is not a cure persay. but more of a help to get kids to be able to function in the world as much as possible for them to do so.
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my daughter is a example of it working. she went from not being aware or even wanting to interact with other kids. to now being able to interact. with a few minor things that are different from 'norm's. in many ways, it is hard to see that kid who was in her own little world. and not much in the dept of awareness of things and folks around her.
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and yes, my daughter has autism. to be more precise, the high functioning form of it.
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http://www.ctfeat.org/research.htm Research has demonstrated that young children with autism can make dramatic progress in intensive treatment programs based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). In fact, some children who begin treatment by age 4 and continue treatment for at least two years progress so much that they become indistinguishable from typical children their age.
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http://www.life123.com/parenting/toddlers/aut... There are countless autism treatments. Their effectiveness depends on a variety of factors, including how early intervention takes place as well as the severity of the autism. As a parent, knowing about and understanding your child's therapy can help you to make decisions regarding treatment.
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many insurance companies will not insure children with autism. because they consider it to be something it is no. as well on the lines that it is a pre-existing condition. even if the child was born after that parent signed up for the insurance.
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and who is to say that the kid who was helped. might end up voting Republican.

“I Want To Be Evil”

Since: Feb 13

I Wanna Be Bad

#4 Mar 23, 2013
Only an anonymous 47% er would believe a comment from a fellow non-taxpayer! LOL They's funny!
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#5 Mar 23, 2013
Actually, we have friends with autistic kids and have raised kids, unlike cheap pigs.... I see your blather and raise you reality, cheap bytch.

“I Want To Be Evil”

Since: Feb 13

I Wanna Be Bad

#6 Mar 23, 2013
Sangelia wrote:
actually therapy for autism does work. it is not a cure persay. but more of a help to get kids to be able to function in the world as much as possible for them to do so.
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my daughter is a example of it working. she went from not being aware or even wanting to interact with other kids. to now being able to interact. with a few minor things that are different from 'norm's. in many ways, it is hard to see that kid who was in her own little world. and not much in the dept of awareness of things and folks around her.
.
and yes, my daughter has autism. to be more precise, the high functioning form of it.
.
http://www.ctfeat.org/research.htm Research has demonstrated that young children with autism can make dramatic progress in intensive treatment programs based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). In fact, some children who begin treatment by age 4 and continue treatment for at least two years progress so much that they become indistinguishable from typical children their age.
.
http://www.life123.com/parenting/toddlers/aut... There are countless autism treatments. Their effectiveness depends on a variety of factors, including how early intervention takes place as well as the severity of the autism. As a parent, knowing about and understanding your child's therapy can help you to make decisions regarding treatment.
.
many insurance companies will not insure children with autism. because they consider it to be something it is no. as well on the lines that it is a pre-existing condition. even if the child was born after that parent signed up for the insurance.
.
and who is to say that the kid who was helped. might end up voting Republican.
Sorry about your daughter, but this article is about a specific treatment, EIBI, which has been deemed controversial, expensive ($57,000 a year,) having no scientific evidence of being better than other treatments, and having no controlled trial study.
The only insurance that covers it in Minnesota is Medicaid, which is taxpayer funded.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#7 Mar 23, 2013
During a hearing Friday in the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee, supporters credited the rigorous therapy with helping children recover from autism.

"This crucial insurance coverage will provide individuals with life-transforming therapies that enable individuals to reach their full potential and ultimately will enable many to live independent lives," wrote Kara Redding, a Maple Grove parent whose son has autism, in a letter distributed at the hearing.

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Mar 25, 2013
Miss Piggy Chops wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry about your daughter, but this article is about a specific treatment, EIBI, which has been deemed controversial, expensive ($57,000 a year,) having no scientific evidence of being better than other treatments, and having no controlled trial study.
The only insurance that covers it in Minnesota is Medicaid, which is taxpayer funded.
thing is, any 'treatment' for folks on the spectrum can be considered to be controversial.
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except one. and that is not a treatment at all but a abandonment. that is throwing the kid away as though the kid was worthless. as in putting the kid up for adoption. or placing the kid in some sort of group home or state hospital.
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and folks on the spectrum tend to end up going thru more than one type of treatment. many times a person on the spectrum ends up with being on two or more at the same time. the parent(s) have one form at home, while the teachers have one or more separate ones going on. at times each teacher might have their own form for their classroom.
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what is part of the problem. is that even though a parent has insurance thru work. I'm talking the family coverage. the insurance will in many cases NOT cover treatment or even testing based on the insurance's stance.
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as for my daughter. she is in a regular classroom and gets A's on her school work. she wants to be just like many of her ancestors and become a teacher herself.
Godless swine

Ankeny, IA

#9 Mar 25, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Actually, we have friends with autistic kids and have raised kids, unlike cheap pigs.... I see your blather and raise you reality, cheap bytch.
You and your kind had kids! My god have you no shame?
Godless swine

Ankeny, IA

#11 Mar 25, 2013
Godless swine wrote:
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You and your kind had kids! My god have you no shame?
No offense Sangelia, I meant this unique to Slew..... nothing to do with autism..... I don't know how I feel about the therapy works for some not for others..... even the worst ones though.... I hear it has something to do with the unique genetic makeup of a person..... That is a though anyhow..... Best of Luck
Godless swine

Ankeny, IA

#13 Mar 25, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
"That is a though anyhow..."
Treat it kindly, any "though" is new to your head....
thought..... they say some of these people are very good at ONE thing.... you have trumped that you are good at TWO things.... Spell checking & Memorizing liberal rhetoric..... good for you slew.... let me know if that gets you off the streets or not
Vaccine Roulette

Winnipeg, Canada

#15 Mar 28, 2013
You wouldn't need therapy if vaccines were safe.

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