Texas | Autism Politics, News & History

Texas | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Texas enacted autism insurance reform on June 15, 2007.

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. 


Texas Legislation History:

New Texas ABA Medicaid benefit takes effect February 1 (January 28, 2022)

Governor Perry Signs HB 451 into Law Expanding Autism Insurance Coverage Requirements (June 22, 2009)

Texas Governor Signs Autism Insurance Bill Into Law (June 15, 2007)


FAQs on the Texas Autism Insurance Reform Laws (House Bill 1919 of 2007 and House Bill 451)


House Bill 451 as enacted (passed in 2009)

House Bill 1919 as enacted (passed in 2007)


Autism Politics

Texas enacted autism insurance reform on June 15, 2007.


LegislationHB 1919HB 451,

PeopleRick PerryEddie LucioCynthia Singleton

Also: Texas Association of Business 


Bill History:

January 1, 2010: HB 451 goes into effect, enhancing autism insurance reform law in the state of Texas

June 19, 2009: Governor Rick Perry signs enrolled version of HB 451 into law!

May 31, 2009: House and Senate pass Conference Committee amended version of HB 451. Bill is sent to the governor for signature into law 

May 30, 2009: Conference Committee files its amended version of HB 451

May 29, 2009: The House refuses to concur with the Senate’s amended version of HB 451. Conference Committee requested.

May 28, 2009: Senate passes amended version of HB 451. The bill heads back to the House for concurrence.

May 23, 2009: Senate State Affairs Committee passes HB 451. Bill moves to the Senate floor.

May 21, 2009: Senate State Affairs Committee holds hearing on HB 451.

May 15, 2009: House passes HB 451 in a vote of 142 – 2.  The bill heads over to the Senate State Affairs Committee.

May 5, 2009: House Insurance Committee passes amended version of HB 451. The bill moves on to the House floor.

April 14, 2009: House Insurance Committee holds hearing on HB 451. No vote is held.

February 18, 2009: HB 451 referred to House Insurance Committee.

December 19, 2008: Bill to extend the age limit for autism insurance reform law, House Bill 451, intorduced.

January 1, 2008: HB 1919 goes into effect.

June 15, 2007: Autism insurance reform bill, HB 1919, signed into law by Governor Perry.


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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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