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Autism Insurance Bill

While we do not know what causes autism, we do know that with early intervention and concentrated treatment, the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder can be mitigated, enabling individuals with autism and their families to live less isolated lives.

The Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act (EPIAA) will provide additional treatment and support resources, increasing access to effective therapies and essential support services for people with autism. 

Ask your Representative to cosponsor the “Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act of 2007” (H.R. 1881) 

Ask your Senators to cosponsor the “Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act of 2007” (S. 937) 

Bill Summary Description 

  • The EPIAA will authorize approximately $350 million in new federal money – over and above all existing federal spending on autism – for important initiatives related to treatments, interventions, and services for both children and adults with autism.
  • More specifically, the EPIAA authorizes –
    • The creation of a task force (with not less than 1/3 autism community membership) to report to Congress and the Executive Branch on the state of evidence-based biomedical and behavioral treatments and services for both children and adults with autism, including identifying gaps in applied research on such treatments, interventions and services.
    • Demonstration grants for the coverage of treatments, interventions and services ($20 million annually).
    • Planning and demonstration grants for services for adults with autism ($20 million annually).
    • Grants for the expansion of access to immediate post-diagnosis care ($10 million in Fiscal Year 2009, growing to $20 million by Fiscal Year 2012).
    • National training grants for the University Centers of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities for training, technical assistance and additional services for individuals with autism and their families ($13.4 million annually).
    • A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on service provision and financing.
    • Grants to protection and advocacy systems to better meet the needs of families facing autism and other developmental disabilities, including legal representation ($6 million annually).

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”

Read the full text of the legislation here: 

House Legislation: H.R. 1881 
Senate Legislation: S. 937 

Current Status 

Currently, the EPIAA House bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Congressman John Dingell (MI-15). The Senate version of the bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy (MA).


House Legislation – HR. 1881 was introduced by Congressman Michael Doyle (PA-14) on April 17, 2007. Currently, the bill has 78 cosponsors.

See below to view a list of House cosponsors.

CLICK HERE (note: seeking a copy to post here) to read the Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Mike Doyle, Chris Smith, Eliot Engel, and .

Is your Representative a cosponsor of H.R. 1881? If you don’t see your Representative’s name in the list, CLICK HERE to send an email urging them to cosponsor the EPIAA legislation!

Senate Legislation – S. 937 was introduced by Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) on March 20, 2007. Currently, the bill has 10 cosponsors.

See below to view a list of Senate cosponsors.

Is your Senator a cosponsor of S. 937? If you don’t see your Senator’s name in the list, CLICK HERE to send an email urging them to cosponsor the EPIAA legislation!!

EPIAA – House Cosponsors

Rep. Thomas Allen (ME-1)
Rep. Jason Altmire (PA-4)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)
Rep. John Barrow (GA-12)
Rep. Shelley Berkley (NV-1)
Rep. Howard Berman (CA-28)
Rep. Mary Bono (CA-45)
Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
Rep. Rick Boucher (VA-9)
Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO-3)
Rep. Julia Carson (IN-7)
Rep. Christopher Carney (PA-10)
Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-11)
Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-7)
Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-7)
Rep. Tom Davis (VA-11)
Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (OR-4)
Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1)
Rep. Chet Edwards (TX-7)
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-17)
Rep. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Rep. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Rep. Luis G. Fortuno (PR)
Rep. Barney Frank (MA-4)
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)
Rep. Bart Gordan (TN-6)
Rep. Gene Green (TX-9)
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-7)
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Rep. Tim Holden (PA-17)
Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12)
Rep. Michael M. Honda (CA-15)
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-2)
Rep. Bobby Jindal (LA-1)
Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-4)
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-16)
Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-18)
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11)
Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-3)
Rep. John McHugh (NY-23)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-11)
Rep. Michael McNulty (NY-21)
Rep. Brad Miller (NC-13)
Rep. George Miller (CA-7)
Rep. James P. Moran (VA-9)
Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (PA-8)
Rep. Christopher S. Murphy (CT-5)
Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-8)
Rep. James L. Oberstar (MN-8)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-8)
Rep. Collin C. Peterson (MN-7)
Rep. Charles “Chip” Pickering (MS-3)
Rep. Todd Russell Platts (PA-19)
Rep. Nick J. Rahall (WV-3)
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)
Rep. Steven R. Rothman (NJ-9)
Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (IL-9)
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (CA-29)
Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-16)
Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Rep. Joe Sestak (PA-7)
Rep. Christopher Shays (CT-4)
Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ-4)
Rep. Vic Snyder (AR-2)
Rep. Mark E. Souder (IN-3)
Rep. Lee Terry (NE-2)
Rep. John Tierney (MA-6)
Rep. Michael Turner (OH-3)
Rep. Timothy Walz (MN-1)
Rep. Zach Wamp (TN-3)
Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (CA-6)
Rep. John A. Yarmuth (KY-3)

EPIAA – Senate Cosponsors

Sen. Wayne Allard (CO)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH)
Sen. Norm Coleman (MN)
Sen. Pete V. Domenici (NM)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
Sen. Robert Mendez (NJ)
Sen. Barak Obama (IL)
Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)


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 workIn 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.

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