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Wall Street Rallys Against Autism Therapy Insurance Coverage.

The Cost of Autism Therapy Insurance Coverage and Welfare is Too Much

Welfare and Insurance Coverage for Autism Therapy is Unnecessary Say Financial Experts.

On the financial side of treating autism in America, Wall Street is not happy.

They say that the government is inflating the statistics on the occurrence of autism spectrum disorders. Blaming past re-definitions of autism to include kids who were just “odd”.

According to Paul Sperry of the Investors.com.

In 1994, medical officials and the Clinton administration broadened the definition to include children who previously might have been thought of as odd…

Now more than half of autism cases fall under the mildest range of the spectrum, known as Asperger’s disorder. These kids fidget. Or brood. Or they may pick their nose and eat only yellow foods. But they are high-functioning students who will be able to hold jobs as adults.

And they shouldn’t be labeled mentally disabled…

He surmises that the growth rates of autism are skewed. Taking advantage of this are pharmaceutical industries who create drugs. Doctors who distribute the drugs and make the diagnosis benefit from more autistic children. Educators who get funding from the government are in on it too.

In other words, there is no autism epidemic. The problem is mostly statistical.

Now autism is the fastest-growing category within the Supplemental Security Income program, which was intended to serve kids with congenital and physical disabilities like cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

As of December 2010, the latest Social Security Administration data show, almost 100,000 children were on federal disability for autism. Parents filed 23,203 new applications in 2010, quadrupling 2000’s total of 5,430.

Officials rarely review autism cases, making the program — which pays up to $700 in monthly cash benefits with no spending restrictions — vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

In fact, it’s evolving into yet another welfare boondoggle. Many high-functioning teens are discouraged from working for fear of losing their disability status and benefits, which will only create a cycle of government dependency and poverty.

Also in the 1990s, Washington added autism as a separate disability category to a federal law guaranteeing special education services at public expense.

Let’s hope it corrects its error and narrows the definition back to classic autism before this false epidemic and welfare lobby grow any bigger.

There is no doubt that treating autism is expensive. Do you agree with Paul Sperry? You can read the rest of his report at http://news.investors.com/article/612674/201205241856/autism-hysteria-creates-new-federal-welfare-system.htm.

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Do you agree with Paul Sperry that high functioning Aspergers disorder shouldn’t be labeled as mentally disabled? Do you think that they should be denied insurance coverage for treatment of the disorder? The arguments do bring up many points and questions.

Truely the need for autism care is evident. Also evident is the administration of ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Therapy for those in need of care should never be denied. Whatever the case.

Early intervention during developmental years has proven to be effective in treating autism. Denying the treatment would only add to the welfare ranks. These autistic children would be abandoned and doomed to a life of disability and loss of independence.

Instead of becoming a higher functioning student who would be able to hold a job in the future.

Please give us your comments on this subject. Do you think insurance and welfare benefits should be denied to children who are just slightly autistic and not full blown glass eating, self-soiling and socially alienated victims?

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