Kentucky | Autism Politics, News & History

Kentucky | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Kentucky becomes the 17th state to enact autism insurance reform on April 14, 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. 


Governor Steve Beshear Signs Kentucky House Bill 159 Into Law (April 14, 2010)

Autism Speaks Joins the Kentucky Autism Community In Applauding All State Senate Members For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (April 2, 2010)

Autism Speaks Joins the Kentucky Autism Community In Applauding All State House Members For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (March 16, 2010) 

Kentucky State Legislature Holds Joint Hearing on Autism Insurance Reform (August 25, 2009) 

Summary of Kentucky Autism Insurance Reform Law (April 2010) 


Autism Politics

Kentucky enacted autism insurance reform on April 14, 2010

Legislation: HB 159HB 190, SB 13

People: Jeff GreerTom BufordJulie Denton,Brandon SmithRobert StiversAnne GregoryScott W. Brinkman, Ray Jones,


Bill History

April 14, 2010: Governor Beshear signs HB 159 into law.

April 1, 2010: HB 159 is passed by the Senate in a unanimous vote.  The bill heads to the Governor to be signed into law.

March 27, 2010: HB 159 is passed by the Senate Committee on Licensing, Occupation and Administrative Regulations in unanimous vote.  The bill now heads to the Senate floor.

March 16, 2010: HB 159 is passed by the House in a unanimous vote.

February 10, 2010: HB 159 passed unanimously by the House Banking & Insurance Committee. 

January 5, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 13, introduced in the State Senate by Senator Ray S. Jones II.  SB 13 is referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations & Revenue.  Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 159, introduced in the State House by State Rep. Jeff Greer.  HB 159 has been referred to the House Banking & Insurance Committee. 



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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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