Michigan | Autism Politics, News & History


Michigan | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Michigan became the 30th state to enact autism insurance reform on April 18, 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. 


Autism Speaks Hails Signing of Legislation Making Michigan 30th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform (April 18, 2012)

Autism Speaks Responds to Detroit News Editorial (April 6, 2012)

Lt. Gov. Calley’s Office Issues FAQs on 3-Bill Autism Insurance Reform Package (April 2, 2012)

3-Bill Autism Insurance Reform Package Voted Out of Legislature, Sent to Gov. Snyder (March 29, 2012)

Michigan Senate Approves Autism Insurance Reform Bills (March 9, 2012)

Crain’s: ‘Revised autism bill in Senate would create fund to reimburse insurers for coverage claims’ (February 29, 2012)

Snyder to Legislature: Let’s Address Autism in 2012 (January 19, 2012)

House Democrats Urge Action on Insurance Bills (December 7, 2011)

Detroit News Commentary Demonstrates that ‘Adding autism coverage saves Michigan money’ (October 27, 2011)

Actuarial Study: Taxpayer Savings From Autism Insurance Bills Could Offset Increase in Premiums ( October 12, 2011)

Autism Speaks Hails Michigan Gov. Snyder for Support of Autism Insurance Reform, Urges Speedy Senate Action ( September 14, 2011)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2011 Michigan Autism Insurance Reform Bills (June 9, 2011)

Bipartisan Legislative Task Force To Hold Educational Hearings On Autism Across State (April 27, 2010) 

Autism Speaks Joins the Michigan Autism Community in Applauding State House Members for Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (July 29, 2010) 

Autism Insurance Bill Introduced in Michigan State Legislature (April 3, 2008)

Autism Politics

Michigan enacted autism insurance reform on April 18, 2012.


LegislationHB 5527HB 5529SB 785, SB 784HB 4476,  HB 4183, SB 981

People: Kathy AngererTupac HunterRichard Ball, Rick Snyder


FAQs on Law (April 24, 2012)


Bill History

April 18, 2012: Gov. Rick Snyder signs SB.414 and 415 into law making Michigan 30th state to enact autism insurance reform

March 29, 2012: House approves SB.414 and 415 by 91-19 votes, SB.981 by 84-26; Senate votes to concur with House committee amendments; bills head to Gov. Snyder 

March 27, 2012: House Families, Children and Seniors Committee approves bills 7-0; sends them to House floor

March 13, 2012: Senate approves SB.414 and 415 by 29-9 votes; approves SB.981 by 28-10

March 8, 2012: SB. 414 and 415 approved 5-0 by Senate Health Policy Committee.

February 23, 2012: SB.981 introduced by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville

June 8, 2011: Autism insurance reform bills (SB 414/415) introduced in the Senate; referred to Senate Health Policy Committee. 

2009-10 SESSION:
December 3, 2010:
 Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform. 

December 1-2, 2010: Senate Republican Caucus holds meeting to discuss bringing autism insurance reform to the floor. Senate adjourns without passage of reform.

June 24, 2009: HB 4476 and HB 4183 are amended and pass the House. 

June 9, 2009: House Committee on Health Policy passes HB 4476 and HB 4183 in vote of 19-0.  The bills  head to the House floor.

June 2, 2009: The House Committee on Health Policy holds a hearing on HB 4476 and HB 4183.  No vote is held.

February 26, 2009: Autism insurance reform bills reintroduced in the Michigan House applying to BlueCross BlueShield insurance plans.

February 5, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill reintroduced in the Michigan House applying to all insurance companies.

April 2008: Autism insurance reform bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate – neither bill was acted on during the 2007-2008 session


Michigan | The Latest …


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.”

%d bloggers like this: