Nebraska | Autism Politics, News & History

Nebraska | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Nebraska became the 36th state to enact autism insurance reform on April 21, 2014.

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. 

Nebraska Legislative History

Nebraska judge rules in favor of families with autism  (July 7, 2015)

Nebraska Becomes 36th State To Require Autism Coverage (April 21, 2014)

Nebraska 2014 Kickoff Rally Set For Feb. 25 (Feb. 12, 2014)

Coash Bill Gets Warm Reception Before Senate Panel (Feb. 27, 2013)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2013 Nebraska Autism Insurance Reform Bill (Jan. 23, 2013)

Unicameral Update Reports on 2012 Nebraska Reform Bill (Feb. 9, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses Nebraska Autism Insurance Reform Bill (Feb. 2, 2012)

Summary of 2012 Nebraska Autism Insurance Reform Bill  (Jan. 31, 2012)

Senate Committee Holds Nebraska Autism Insurance Reform Hearing  (Nov. 2011)

Autism Politics

Nebraska enacted autism insurance reform on April 21, 2014.

Legislation: LB 254, LB 505, LB 1129,

People: Dave Heineman, Colby Coash, Cathy Martinez, Melissa Schop, Mike Wasmer, Melissa Schop,

Also: Autism Society of Nebraska, Autism Family Network

Bill History


April 21: LB.254 signed into law by Governor Dave Heineman, making Nebraska the 36th state to enact autism insurance reform

April 17: LB.254 approved 48-0; sent to Gov. Heineman

April 9: LB.254 amended on Senate floor to incorporate LB.505

April 2: LB.505 voted out of Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee with amendments

Jan. 8: LB.505 listed as carryover bill from 2013 session


Feb. 27: LB.505 heard in Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee; no vote

Jan. 24: LB.505 introduced


Feb. 7: Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee takes testimony on LB.1129

Jan. 19: LB.1129 introduced; referred to Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee


Nov. 30: Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee conducts hearing on impacts of no autism insurance coverage.

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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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