Utah | Autism Politics, News & History

Utah | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Utah became the 35th state to enact autism insurance reform on April 2, 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. 

Utah Legislative News

Utah Medicaid Holds Open Meeting Addressing ASD Services (March 6, 2015)

 #35: Utah Enacts Autism Insurance Reform (April 3, 2014)

Salt Lake Trib Hosts Live Chat On Utah Autism Bills (March 3, 2014)

Autism Insurance Bill Clears Utah Senate, Moves To House (Feb. 28, 2014)

Utah Insurance Bill Heads to Senate Floor (Feb. 14, 2014)

2014 Utah Autism Insurance Reform Bill Introduced (Feb. 6, 2014)

Salt Lake Mayor Proposes Utah’s First Autism Coverage (Nov. 5, 2013)

Utah ABA Pilot Program Draws Mixed Reviews (July 22, 2013)

Utah Adds Another 35 Slots in ABA Lottery Program (June 18, 2013)

Utah Autism Coalition Issues Statement on SB.55 (March 4, 2013)

SB.55 Clears Utah Senate Committee (Feb. 8, 2013)

Utah: New Year, New Bill, Same Goal (Feb. 1, 2013)

Utah Ups Medicaid Pay for ABA Providers (Dec. 6, 2012)

Utah Medicaid Program Opens Monday for 250 Children (Sept. 28, 2012)

The Salt Lake Tribune: ‘Utah autism treatment pilot struggles for funding’ (June 18, 2012)

Autism Speaks Statement on Utah Legislation (Feb. 16, 2012)

Summary of 2012 Utah Autism Insurance Reform Bill (Jan. 19, 2012)

Autism Insurance Reform Bill Introduced in Utah (Jan. 22, 2009)

Autism Politics

Utah enacted autism insurance reform on April 2, 2014.

Legislation: SB 43, HB 69, SB 55, SB 57,

AKA: Clay’s Law

People: Gary Herbert, Mike Wasmer, Brian Shiozawa, Scott Jenkins, Todd Weiler , Deidre Henderson, Karen Mayne, Howard A. Stephenson, Jon Owen, Ronda Menlove, Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Insurance Association

Also: Utah Autism Coalition, Utah Health Insurance Association


April 2
Governor Gary Herbert signs SB.57 into law, making Utah the 35th state to enact autism insurance reform 

March 13
Senate concurs 24-1 with House amendments; sends SB.57 to Governor

March 12
House approves SB.57 69-3

March 6
Bill clears House Business and Labor Committee 11-0 with amendments

February 28
Senate approves SB.57 18-7

February 14
Senate Business and Labor Committee releases SB.57 6-1

February 6
SB.57 introduced in Senate


March 5
Senate approves SB.55 20-6; bill goes to House and dies for session

February 7
SB.55 voted 5-2 out of Senate Business and Labor Committee with amendments to continue pilot program

January 31
SB.55 introduced


March 8
Bill dies in House; replaced with pilot program

Jan. 16
HB 69 introduced in Utah House of Representatives

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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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