Missouri | Autism Politics, News & History

Missouri | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Missouri became the 21st state to enact autism insurance reform on June 10, 2010. 

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. 

Missouri Legislative History

Missouri State Legislature Passes Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (May 12, 2010) 

Autism Speaks Joins the Missouri Autism Community In Applauding State House Members For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (February 19, 2010)

The Power of a Legislative Champion: SB 618 Passes Second Reading in MO Senate (February 4, 2010)

Autism Speaks Joins the Missouri Autism Community In Applauding State Senate Members for Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (April 23, 2009)

Missouri: Speaker Appoints Interim Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 17, 2009) 

Missouri gov signs bill mandating autism coverage (June 10, 2010)

Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism (December 2007)

Missouri: Families testify in support of autism funding (Feb. 17, 2009)


Autism Politics

Missouri enacted autism insurance reform on June 10, 2010.

LegislationHB 1311HB 1341SB 618, SB 167

People: Dwight Scharnhorst,  Jason Grill, Scott RuppBill Bolster, Jay Nixon

Also: Missouri Autism Coalition

Bill History

January 1, 2011:  Autism insurance reform law goes into effect

June 10, 2010: Governor Nixon signs HB 1311 into law. 

May 12, 2010: HB 1311 was just passed by the Senate in a vote of 27 to 6. The bill now heads to Governor Nixon to be signed into law.

May 12, 2010: HB 1311 is passed by the House in a vote of 144-16!

May 11, 2010: HB 1311 reconciled and passed by joint conference committee.  The bill must now go back to both the House and the Senate for floor votes.

May 10, 2010: HB 1311 is amended and passed by the House.  The bill must now go to a joint conference committee to be reconciled.

May 6, 2010HB 1311 is amended and passed by the Senate in vote of 27 to 6.  The bill now heads back to the House for concurrence.  

February 18, 2010: HB 1311 passes its third reading in the House.

February 16, 2010: HB 1311 passes by House in first floor vote.  The vote was taken by a voice vote.  

February 3, 2010: HB 1311 passes by the Special Standing Committee on Health Insurance.  The bill is referred to the Rules Committee.

February 3, 2010: SB 618 passes second reading on Senate floor.  This bill has been perfected (no more amendments can be added) and heads to its third reading/final vote in the Senate.

January 25, 2010: SB 618 passes by Senate Small Business, Insurance, and Industry Committee in vote of 9 to 0.

January 19, 2010: SB 618 is heard by the Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee.  HB 1311 is heard by the Special Standing Committee on Health Insurance. No vote is held in either Committee.

January 7, 2010: The 2010 legislative session opens with introduction of new autism insurance reform bills – SB 618, sponsored by Sen. Rupp, and HB 1311, sponsored by Rep. Scharnhorst

July 17, 2009: House Speaker Ron Ron Richard creates an interim committee to draft regulations for insurance coverage of autism.

May 15, 2009: Unfortunately, the Missouri State Legislature finished its 2009 session without passage of the autism insurance reform bills. Get ready MO, because we will be back in Jefferson City next year to get this legislation passed.

May 11, 2009: SB 167 passed out of House Rules Committee and heads to the House floor. 

April 23, 2009: SB 167 passed on the Senate floor. The bill now heads to House.

April 23, 2009: SB 167 passes out of the Senate Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee. The bill now heads to Senate floor.

March 24, 2009: Senate votes on second reading of SB 167.  Amendment offered and defeated.  Perfected version of SB 167 referred for third reading (no more amendments can be offered)

March 5, 2009: House Health Care Policy Committee passed HB 357 with amendments.  House Committee Substitute is sent to the House Rules Committee. 

March 3, 2009: Senate Small Business & Industry Committee passes SB 167 with amendments.  Senate Committee Substitute for SB 167 is sent to the Senate floor.

February 18, 2009: House Health Care Policy Committee holds hearing on HB 357.  No vote is held.

February 17, 2009: Senate Small Business & Industry Committee holds hearing on SB 167. No vote is held.

January 22, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 357, introduced in the State House by Representative Dwight Scharnhorst.  Bill is referred to the Health Care Policy Committee.

January 8, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 167, introduced in State Senate by State Senator Scott B. Rupp.  Bill is referred to Small Business & Industry 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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