New Hampshire Becomes 22nd State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation on July 23, 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.
New Hampshire Legislative History
New Hampshire enacted autism insurance reform on July 23, 2010.
Legislation: HB 569
AKA: Connor’s Law
Also: New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism Society of New Hampshire,
July 23, 2010: Governor Lynch enacts Connor’s Law.
May 19, 2010: House concurs with Senate version of Connor’s Law. The bill now heads to Governor Lynch’s desk for enactment into law.
May 5, 2010: Connor’s Law is amended and passed unanimously in the second reading by the Senate. The bill now heads to a third and final reading.
April 15, 2010: Senate Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee amends and passes Connor’s Law in vote of 4 to 2. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.
January 6, 2010: House passes Connor’s Law in vote of 213 to 147. The bill now heads to the Senate for review.
November 11, 2009: Connor’s Law amended and passed by House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee in vote 13-3. Bill sent to House floor for vote.
February 10, 2009: Hearing held on Connor’s Law by House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee
January 8, 2009: House Bill 569 (Connor’s Law) introduced