Autism activist, Dayna Bush: ‘It's the autism diagnosis that's covered by insurance.’
"’There is a real growing concern the children that are diagnosed now or the children coming in would not fall under the autism diagnoses,’ said Busch.
“According to a study by Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy group, 9 percent of people might lose services.
“Another study, done by a Yale professor suggests 40 percent, nearly half of children who have the autism label now, will not qualify in the spring.”
This is a news story by a familiar face at Age of Autism. Ashley Reynolds was the outstanding reporter at KOMU-TV who won the Mid-America EMMY Award for her in-depth series, Combating Autism From Within, from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 2008 Emmy Awards.
It’s good to see Ashley covering this most critical autism issue: the expected changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.
“Autism incidence keeps rising. There was more bad news on the autism front: In March, the CDC estimated the prevalence of the disorder at one in every 88 children, up from one in 110 in 2010. Cases were also five times more common in boys than girls, the agency found. While changes in how autism is spotted and reported may have played a role in the new tally, the other factors behind the surge remain unclear, experts said.”
Notice where “Autism incidence keeps rising” was on the list of top health news stories of 2012. It followed “Mixed results on multivitamins' effectiveness.” Somehow an autism rate of one in every 88 children, one in every 54 boys, doesn’t rate the top spot on the national list.
We’re still told that “changes in how autism is spotted and reported may have played a role in the new tally.” As far as what else is behind the numbers, US News merely says, “other factors behind the surge remain unclear.”
This is pretty much the attitude of U.S. health officials and American Academy of Pediatrics. They’re quite willing to leave autism as a huge puzzle they just can’t figure out and neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor the AAP has ever called autism a crisis. One has to wonder just how bad the numbers will have to get before they show some real concern.