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)
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
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.