Alaska | Autism Politics, News & History

Alaska | Autism Politics, News & History

Alaska became the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform on June 13, 2012.

The reform forced insurance providers to cover Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). ABA is known as Autistic Conversion Therapy in the Autistic Community. 

The Autism Votes initiative was powered by Autism Speaks and other non-Autistic parent-founded autism organizations.

The ’autism community’ referenced in articles here is a different community than the Autistic community. The ’autism community’ prevented Autistics from participating in legislation, Autistic healthcare initiatives and more in a meaningful manner. Instead, Autistics are used as a prop or token in these initiatives. 

Autism Insurance Reform that included ABA was being protested by Autistics as it was being hailed by non-Autistics in the ’autism community.’ These non-Autistic parent-founded organizations and people didn’t listen to Autistics then, and they aren’t listening now.  

When this legislation was implemented, Autistics were silenced in the national conversation, and our civil, human and disabled rights circumvented or denied. 

Today, in every state, Autistics and our real allies are working hard to introduce legislation to get ABA banned.

We will be heard. 


Alaska Legislative History

Alaska Lawmakers, Advocates Celebrate Enactment of Autism Insurance Reform (June 27, 2012)

Summary of 2012 Alaska Autism Insurance Reform Bill (Jan. 31, 2012)

Make it 31, Alaska Insurance Bill to Become Law (June 2012 )

Alaska lawmakers should be applauded for autism health insurance reform’ Alaska Dispatch (June 15, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses Alaska Autism Insurance Reform Bill (Jan. 27, 2011)

Autism Speaks Endorses Alaska Autism Insurance Reform Bill (March 19, 2009)


Autism Politics

Alaska enacted autism insurance reform on June 13, 2012.


Legislation: HB 187HB 79, SB 250, SB 74

People: Pete PetersenSarah Palin, Sean Parnell


Bill History

June 13, 2012: Alaska becomes 31st state to enact autism insurance reform as Governor Parnell returns bill to Legislature without his signature

April 15, 2012: Senate Bill 74 clears House Rules Committee and is voted out of House 36-3. Senate votes 18-0 to concur with House amendments. Bill sent to Governor.

April 14, 2012: Senate Bill 74 voted out of House Health & Social Services Committee

February 22, 2012: Senate Bill 74 approved 14-5 by the Senate

April 16, 2011:  Senate Bill 74 passed the Senate Labor and Commerce Commitee and now heads to the Rules Committee.

March 30, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 74,  passed  the Senate Health & Social Services Committee.

January 28, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 74, introduced in the State Senate. The bill is referred to the Senate Health & Social Services Committee.

January 18, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 79, introduced in the House.  The bill is referred to the House Health & Social Services Committee.

April 18, 2010: Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform. 

March 15, 2010Senate Health & Social Services Committee holds hearing on SB 250.  No vote.

February 1, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 250, introduced in the State Senate. The bill is referred to the Senate Health & Social Services Committee.

January 28, 2010: House Health & Social Services Committee holds hearing on HB 187.  No vote.

May 12, 2009: 2009 legislative session ends without passage of HB 187.

March 24, 2009: House Health & Social Services Committee holds hearing on HB 187.  No vote is taken. 

March 12, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 187, introduced in the Alaska House by Representative Pete Petersen and referred to the House Health and Social Services, Labor and Commerce Committee for review.


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The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* 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.”

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