New York enacted autism insurance reform on November 1 , 2011.
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.
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New York Legislation History
New York enacted autism insurance reform on Nov. 1, 2011.
June 21, 2010: A. 10372A is passed unanimously by the Assembly. The bill and its Senate companion S.7000B head to the governor to be signed into law.
June 15, 2010: A. 10372A was passed by the Assembly Rules Committee and now heads to the Assembly floor.
June 15, 2010: A.10372A was passed by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. The bill now heads to the Rules Committee.
June 9, 2010: S.7000B is passed unanimously (61-0) by the Senate!
June 8, 2010: S. 7000B passed by Senate Finance Committee and then by Senate Rules Committee. The bill now heads to the Senate floor!
June 2, 2010: S. 7000A passed by the Senate Codes Committee. The bill is amended to S.7000B and heads to the Senate Finance Committee.
March 24, 2010: A.10372 passed by Assembly Insurance Committee. The bill now heads to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.
March 22, 2010: S.7000A passed by Senate Insurance Committee.
March 19, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, A.10372, introduced in the Assembly, by Assemblyman Morelle. The bill is referred to the Assembly Insurance Committee.
March 18, 2010: S.7000 amended. Bill is now S.7000A.
March 4, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, S. 7000, introduced in State Senate. Bill is referred to the Senate Insurance Committee, chaired by Sen. Breslin.
October 23, 2009: Senate Insurance Committee holds meeting on four introduced autism insurance reform bills (S.2366, S.6123, S.1175, and S.385). As a result of this meeting, Committee Chairman Breslin reached out to stakeholders in order to draft one comprehensive piece of legislation.