Minnesota | Autism Politics, News & History

Minnesota | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Minnesota became the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform on May 23, 2013. 

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. 


Minnesota Legislation History

Minnesota Makes It 33, Gov. Dayton Signs Autism Insurance Reform Bill (May 23, 2013)

Minnesota On Track to Enact Autism Insurance Reform (May 18, 2013)

Dayton Voices Support For Insurance Reform Bills (PDF Avail.) (April 2, 2013)

HF.181 Positioned For Final House Consideration (March 5, 2013)

HF.181 Clears Another Committee Hurdle in House (Feb. 14, 2013)

Minnesota Task Force Recommends ABA Coverage (January 20, 2013)

Pioneer-Press Reports on Concerns Over Blue Cross Changes  (Dec. 19, 2011)

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

Norton Reform Bill Clears First Hurdle in House (Jan. 30, 2013)

Minnesota House Committee Passes HF 359 (February 5, 2009)

Autism Insurance Reform Bill Introduced in Minnesota State Legislature; Hearing to Be Held on Wednesday Feb. 4 (Feb. 2, 2009) 


Autism Politics

Minnesota became the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform on May 23, 2013.


LegislationHF 204HF 359SF 312, HF 1233, SF 1034, SF 314, HF 181, HF 312,

People: Kim Norton, Linda Scheid, Mark Dayton,


Bill History

2013

May 23: Governor Mark Dayton signs HF.1233, making Minnesota the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform

May 18: Senate approves HF.1233 39-28; sends bill to Governor

May 17: House approves amended HF.1233 73-61; bill goes to Senate

April 29: House/Senate conference committee named to resolve differences in bills

April 25: HF.1233 approved 36-28 by Senate with amendments, returned to House

April 24: HF.1233 substituted for Senate companion, SF.1034

April 22: HF.1233 clears House Ways and Means Committee; referred to Senate

April 15: HF.1233 approved by Health and Human Services Finance Committee; referred to House Ways and Means Committee

April 2: SF.314 amended, passed by Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee; referred to Senate Finance Committee

March 21: SF.314 passed by Senate Commerce Committee; referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee 

March 5: Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill HF.1233 introduced, incorporating provisions of HF.181

February 14: HF.181 amended, passed by House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee; referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee

February 6: Senate companion bill, SF.314 introduced; referred to Senate Commerce Committee

February 4: HF.181 amended, passed by House Health and Human Services Policy Committee; referred to House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee

January 24: HF.181 introduced in the House; referred to Health and Human Services Policy Committee

2011

January 24: Autism insurance reform bill, HF.204, introduced in the House; referred to Health and Human Services Reform Committee

2010

May 17: Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform

May 5: House passes autism insurance reform as part of the Omnibus HHS Finance bill

May 3: Omnibus HHS Finance Bill with provision for autism insurance reform passes House Ways and Means

2009 

April 27: Autism insurance reform passes House Finance Committee as part of Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill; sent to House Ways and Means Committee 

April 14: SF.312 amended, passes Senate Health, Housing, and Family Security Committee; referred to Senate Finance

April 3: SF.312 amended, passes Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee; referred to Senate Health, Housing, and Family Security Committee

February 26: HF.359 amended, passed by House Commerce and Labor Committee; referred to House Finance

February 9: HF.359 passes House Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee; referred to House Commerce and Labor

January 29: Autism insurance reform bills, Senate File 312 and House File 359, introduced;  SF.312 referred to the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee;HF.359 referred to House Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight 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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