Vermont | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Vermont | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Vermont became the 20th state to enact autism insurance reform on May 27, 2010. The law was expanded in 2012.

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. 

Vermont Legislative History

Governor Shumlin Signs Vermont Expansion Bill (May 16, 2012) 

Bill Raising Age Cap to 21 Voted Out of Senate, Heads to House (March 29, 2012)

VTDIGGER.ORG: ‘$10 million autism budget buster reduced to $500,000’ (March 2, 2012)

Summary of 2012 Vermont Autism Insurance Reform Expansion Bills (Feb. 1 , 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2012 Vermont Bills Lifting Age 6 Cap on Autism Insurance Benefits (Feb. 1, 2012)

Vermont Governor Douglas Signs Autism Insurance Reform Bill Into Law (May 28, 2010)

Autism Speaks Joins the Vermont Autism Community In Applauding State House Members For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (May 7, 2010)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2010 Vermont Autism Insurance Reform Bill (January 13, 2010)

FAQs on Legislation

Autism Insurance Reform Workshop


H 736 (2012)

S 223 (2012)

Act 127

Actuarial Cost Analysis of S. 262

Autism Politics

Vermont enacted autism insurance reform on May 27, 2010.

Legislation: S 223, H 736, S 262,

People: Peter Shumlin, Anthony Pollina, Jason Lorber, Jim Douglas, Ron Marcellus, William Carris, John Campbell, Anne O’Brien, Steven Maier

Also: Vermont Autism Task Force

Bill History

May 16, 2012: Governor Shumlin signs S.223 into law

April 28, 2012: Senate concurs with House amendments; bill sent to Governor Shumlin

April 19, 2012: House amends, approves S.223; returned to Senate for concurrence

March 29, 2012: S.223 approved unanimously by Senate; referred to House

March 22, 2012: Senate Appropriations Committee approves S.223; bill moves to Senate floor

March 16, 2012: Senate Finance Committee approves S.223, removes $50,000 annual cap on ABA

March 2, 2012: S.223 voted out of Senate Health and Welfare Committee with amendments

Feb. 1, 2012: H.736 expansion bill introduced in the House and referred to House Health Committee

Jan. 3, 2012: Expansion bill S.223 introduced in the Senate to require coverage above the age of 6; referred to Senate Health and Welfare Committee

May 27, 2010: Governor Douglas signs S. 262 into law. Vermont becomes the 20th state in the country to enact autism insurance reform legislation.

May 7, 2010: Senate passes amended version of S. 262. The bill is now on its way to the Governor to be signed into law.

May 6, 2010: S. 262 is passed by the House in unanimous vote.  The bill was amended to include a provision requiring insurance coverage of early intervention therapies.

May 5, 2010: S. 262 is passed by the House Committee on Appropriations. The bill now head to the House floor.

May 5, 2010: S. 262 is amended passed out of the House Health Care Committee by a vote of 10-0-1.  The bill is referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

March 23, 2010S. 262 is passed by the Senate.  The bill now heads to the House Committee on Health Care.

March 19, 2010: S. 262 is amended and passed by the Senate Finance Committee. The amendment to the bill change the bill to legilation for the study of the autism insurance reform issue.

January 5, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, S. 262, introduced by State Senators Carris and Campbell. 

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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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