North Carolina is the 43rd state to enact autism insurance reform on October 15, 2015.
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.
North Carolina Legislative History
NC Families Demand Better Autism Insurance At Capital Rally (July 15, 2014)
Autism Speaks Takes On ‘Big Insurance’ In NC With Ad Campaign (July 14, 2014)
WRAL Reports on NC Fight for Insurance Coverage (June 28, 2013)
NC Takes Big Step to Autism Insurance Reform (May 14, 2013)
WBTV Reports on NC Families Fighting for Insurance Reform (April 4, 2013)
Autism Speaks Endorses NC Autism Insurance Bill (April 2, 2013)
North Carolina enacted autism insurance reform on Oct. 15, 2015.
May 15: House approves HB.498 105-7; bill moves to Senate
May 14: HB.498 voted out of House Insurance Committee 25-4
April 2: Autism insurance reform bill, HB.498, introduced on World Autism Awareness Day
April 6: Autism insurance reform legislation, HB 826, introduced in House; referred to Health and Human Services Committee
February 23: Autism insurance reform legislation, S. 115, introduced in Senate; referred to Senate Insurance Committee
July 26: Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform
May 20: S 1265 referred to Senate Committee on Health Care
May 19: Autism insurance reform bills introduced; House Bill 1897 by Rep. Bob England, Senate Bill 1265 by Senator William R. Purcell