Hawaii | Autism Politics, News & History

Hawaii | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Hawaii was the 42nd state to enact autism insurance reform on July 13, 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. 

Hawaii Legislation History

Hawaii 42nd state to pass autism insurance reform  (July 16, 2015)

Hawaii Passes Autism Insurance Reform (May 6, 2015)

Hawaii Senate Passes Autism Insurance Reform with Overwhelming Support (March 11, 2015)

2014 Hawaii Insurance Bill Gets Off To Fast Start (Jan. 28, 2014)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2014 Hawaii Insurance Reform Bill (Jan. 15, 2014)

Luke’s Law Heads to Final House Vote in Hawaii (April 3, 2013)

Halfway Home in Hawaii, Senate Votes 23-1 for Insurance Reform (March 5, 2013)

Insurance Reform On The Move in Hawaii (PDF Avail.) (Feb. 22, 2013)

New Hawaii Insurance Reform Bills Endorsed (Jan. 28, 2013)

Lorri Unumb Addresses Hawaii Advocates on Autism Insurance Reform (Feb. 7, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2012 Hawaii Autism Insurance Reform Bills (Feb. 7, 2012)

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

Autism Speaks Endorses Hawaii Autism Insurance Reform Bill  (Feb. 3, 2011)

Autism Politics

Hawaii enacted autism insurance reform on July 13, 2005.

Legislation: SB 744, SB 2631, HB 2405, SB 2603, HB 821,

People: Will EsperoMaile S. L. Shimabukuro


Autism Speaks Testimony

Bill History

February 14, 2012: SB.2631 voted out of Senate Health and Consumer Protection committees with amendments; referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee

January 25, 2012: HB.2405 introduced in House, referred to House Health Committee; SB.2631 introduced in Senate, referred to Senate Health Committee

January 20, 2012: SB.2603 introduced in Senate, referred to Senate Health Committee

February 10, 2011: HB 821 voted out of the House Health Committee with amendments; referred to House Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee.

February 4, 2011: Hearing on HB 821 in the House Health Committee. No vote held.

January 22, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 821, introduced in House; referred to the Health Committee.

January 21, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 744, introduced in Senate; referred to both the Health Committee and the Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee.

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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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