Oregon became the 34th state to enact autism insurance reform on August 14, 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.
Oregon Legislative History
Oregon renews autism insurance law (July 18, 2021)
Oregon To Order Sweeping ABA Coverage (Aug. 14, 2014)
Oregon Sued Over Denying Autism Benefits to State Employees (April 30, 2014)
Autism Speaks Endorses Bill For Oregon Public Employees (Jan. 27, 2014)
Oregon ABA Battle Resumes Before HERC (Sept. 17, 2013)
Oregon Governor, Advocates Celebrate Autism Insurance Reform (Aug. 27, 2013)
Welcome #34! Oregon Enacts Autism Insurance Reform (Aug. 14, 2013)
Summary of 2012 Oregon Autism Insurance Reform Bills (January 30, 2012)
Autism Speaks Endorses Oregon Autism Insurance Reform Bill | (March 31, 2009)
Oregon enacted autism insurance reform on Aug. 14, 2013.
July 3: SB.414 signed by Governor Kitzhaber
July 1: SB.365 approved 56-0 by the House; sent to Governor Kitzhaber
June 29: SB.365 approved 28-0 by Senate
June 28: SB.414 approved 47-13 by House; sent to Governor Kitzhaber
June 26: SB.365 voted out of Joint Ways and Means Committee; sent to Senate and House floors
June 19: SB.414 approved 19-10 by Senate; referred to House
April 24: Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee amends, passes SB.365; referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee
April 4: Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee hears SB.365
January 14: SB.365 introduced in Senate by Sen. Alan Bates (D-Medford); referred to Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee
SB.414 introduced in Senate by Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland); referred to Senate General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee
June: SB.555 fails to receive consideration in Joint Ways and Means Committee; legislative session ends
May 5: SB.555 passes Senate Health Committee unanimously with amendments; referred to Joint Ways and Means Committee
February 16: SB.555 heard in Senate Committee on Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy; no vote
February 7: HB.2214 heard in House Health Care Committee; no vote
January 10: Autism insurance reform bills, HB 2214/SB 555, introduced
2010 (No legislative session)
June: Oregon state legislative session ends without passage of HB.3000
May 1: HB.3000 referred to Rules Committee by House Speaker
April 8: House Health Care Committee hears HB.3000; no vote
March 9: HB.3000 referred to House Health Care Committee
March 3: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 3000, introduced by Representative Peter Buckley