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Maine | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Maine Becomes the Sixteenth State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform On April 12, 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. 


Maine Legislation History

Governor John Baldacci Signs Maine LD 1198 Into Law (April 13, 2010)

Autism Speaks Endorses Maine Autism Insurance Reform Bill (March 28, 2009)


Autism Politics

Maine enacted autism insurance reform on April 12, 2010

Legislation: LD 1198 (SP 446), 

People: Peter Bowman, John Baldacci


Bill History

January 1, 2011: Autism insurance reform law goes into effect.

April 12, 2010: Governor Baldacci signs LD 1198 into law.

April 7, 2010: LD 1198 is passed by the Senate. The bill now heads to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.

March 29, 2010: LD 1198 is passed by the House.

February 24, 2010: LD 1198 is passed unanimously by the Joint Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

January 12, 2010: Joint Insurance and Financial Services Committee holds hearing on LD 1198. No vote is held.

April 3, 2009: LD 1198 unanimously referred by the Committee on Insurance and Financial Services to a study commission at the Bureau of Insurance.

March 30, 2009: Hearing held on LD 1198 before the Committee on Insurance and Financial Services. No vote was taken. 

March 25, 2009: Autism insurance reform bills, LD 1198 (SP 446), introduced in the state House and Senate.  Bill referred to the House and Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Services. 


LD 1198 (as enacted)


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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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