West Virginia | Autism Politics, News & History

West Virginia | AutIsm Politics, Divergent News & History

West Virginia became the 25th state to enact autism insurance reform on April 1, 2011. 

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. 

West Virginia Legislative History

West Virginia Becomes 25th State To Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (April 1, 2011)

 Autism Speaks Calls on West Virginia Governor to Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (March 14, 2011)

Autism Speaks Applauds West Virginia House Members For Passing Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (February 11, 2011)

Autism Speaks Endorses West Virginia Autism Insurance Reform Bills (January 28, 2011)

Summary of West Virginia 2011 Autism Insurance Reform Bills

West Virginian’s are calling for autism insurance (Feb. 8, 2011)

Autism Politics

West Virginia enacted autism insurance reform on April 1, 2011.

LegislationHB 2693

People: Earl Ray TomblinBarbara Evans FleischauerEvan H. JenkinsEarlene Anglin


April 1, 2011HB 2693 signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin making West Virginia the 25th State to enact meaningful autism insurance reform.

March 12, 2011: HB 2693 amended and passed by the full legislature. The bill now heads to Governor Tomblin’s desk for signature into law.

March 11, 2011: HB 2693 amended and passed by the Senate.  The bill must go back to the House for concurrence.

March 10, 2011: HB 2693 passed by the full Senate Finance Committee in unanimous vote! The bill now heads to the Senate floor.

March 8, 2011: HB 2693 passed by Senate Finance Subcommittee.  The bill now heads to the full Finance Committee.

February 10, 2011: HB 2693 amended and passed by House in vote of 96-1.

February 8, 2011: SB 218 passed by the full Senate Banking and Insurance Committee

February 4, 2011: HB 2693 is amended and passed by House Finance Committee.  The bill now heads to the House floor.

February 1, 2011: SB 218 passed by the Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee.  The bill now heads to the full Banking and Insurance Committee.

January 26, 2011: HB 2693 passed by House Judiciary Committee.  Bill is referred to House Finance Committee.

January 20, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 2693, introduced in State House. HB 2693 is companion bill of SB 218. Bill is referred to House Judiciary Committee.

January 19, 2011: Autism Insurance Reform bills, Senate Bill 218,  introduced in State Senate.  Bill is referred to Senate Banking and Insurance 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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