Iowa becomes the 19th state to enact autism insurance reform on April 29, 2010.
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.
Iowa Legislation History
Iowa Becomes the 19th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform (April 30, 2010)
Autism Speaks Endorses Iowa Autism Insurance Reform Bill (February 19, 2009)
Iowa enacted autism insurance reform on April 29, 2010.
Also: Iowa Autism Council
January 1, 2011: Autism insurance reform law goes into effect.
April 29, 2010: Governor Chet Culver enacts Standing Appropriations Bill, HF 2531, containing amendment creating autism insurance coverage for state employees.
March 30, 2010: House passes Standing Appropriations Bill, HF 2531, containing amendment creating autism insurance coverage for state employees. The bill heads to the Governor.
March 4, 2010: House Commerce Committee passes SF 2349 in vote of 16 to 6. The bill now heads to the full House for a vote.
February 23, 2010: SF 2349 passed by full Senate in a vote of 42-8. The bill now moves on to the House for review.
February 15, 2010: SF 2349 passed by full Senate Commerce Committee. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Feb 23.
February 10, 2010: SF 1 is amended and passed by Senate Commerce Subcommittee. The bill number was changed to SF 2349.
May 1, 2009: 2009 legislative session ends without passage of HF 1 /SF 1. Get ready Iowa, because we will be back next year to get these bills passed!
January 12, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, House File 1, introduced in the Iowa House by State Representative Ray S. Zirkelbach. The bill is referred to the House Human Resources Committee.
January 12, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate File 1, introduced in the Iowa State Senate by State Sneator Daryl Beall. The bill is referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.