Mike Wasmer


Michael L. Wasmer, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

mobile (913) 626-0668 michael.wasmer@autismspeaks.org

Employment

2014-present AutismSpeaks

Director, State Government Affairs

2011-2014 AutismSpeaks

Associate Director, State Government Affairs

1994 – 2011

Mission MedVet, Mission, Kansas

Partner in a veterinary emergency and specialty referral hospital Veterinarian; Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist

Education and Board Certification

1994 Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Small Animal Internal Medicine 1991-1994 Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station,Texas

Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine

1990-1991 Oradell Animal Hospital, Oradell, NewJersey

Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

1986-1990 The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

1982-1986 Loyola College, Baltimore,Maryland

Bachelor of Science, Biology; Summa Cum Laude

1978-1982 Fallston High School, Fallston,Maryland

Valedictorian

Boards, Commissions and Professional Associations

2017-present Board Member, Expanding College for Exceptional Learners (EXCEL) 2002-present Appointed member of the Kansas Governor’s Commission on Autism 1994-present Member, American College of VeterinaryMedicine

Legislative Testimony (oral)

2018-02-15 Kansas House Committee onChildren

and Seniors

In support of HB 2745; Establishing a task force that would draft a transition bill of rights to educate parents and students regarding their rights and resources related to transition services for students receiving special education

2017-05-03

Alabama

Senate Committee on Finance

and Taxation General Fund

In support of HB 284; an act to require health benefit

plans to cover the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

2017-03-08

Alabama

House Committee on Insurance

In support of HB 284; an act to require health benefit plans to cover the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

2016-02-09

Ohio

House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight

Testified at second hearing in support of HB 350; an act to mandate coverage of autism treatment

2016-01-12

Ohio

House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight

In support of HB 350; an act to mandate coverage of autism treatment

2014-03-21

Kansas

Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee

In support of HB 2744; an act concerning insurance; providing coverage for autism spectrum disorder; requiring licensure of persons providing applied behavior analysis

2014-03-10

Kansas

House Committee on Insurance

In support of HB 2744; an act concerning insurance; providing coverage for autism spectrum disorder;

requiring licensure of persons providing applied behavior analysis

2014-03-06

South Dakota

Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy

In support of HB 1257; an act to clarify certain autism spectrum disorders insurance coverage

2014-02-13

South Dakota

House Committee on Health and Human Services

In support of HB 1257; an act to clarify certain autism spectrum disorders insurance coverage

2013-03-11

Hawaii

House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce

In support of SB 668 SD 2; an act related to health; mandatory health coverage; autism spectrum disorders

2013-02-28

Minnesota

House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy

In support of HF 181; an act relating to insurance; providing coverage for autism spectrum disorders

2013-02-26

Nebraska

Banking Commerce and Insurance Committee

In support of LB 505; an act relating to insurance; to provide requirements for coverage of autism spectrum disorders

2013-02-06

Hawaii

House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce

In support of HB 721; an act related to health; mandatory health coverage; autism spectrum disorders

2013-01-30

Hawaii

Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce

In support of SB 668; an act related to health; mandatory health coverage; autism spectrum disorders

2012-12-12

Ohio

House Committee on Health and Aging

In support of HB 598; an act to amend mental health insurance parity law to include pervasive developmental disorders

2012-12-05

Ohio House CommitteeonHealth In support of HB 598; an act to amend mentalhealth

andAging insurance parity law to include pervasive developmentaldisorders

2012-12-05

Ohio Senate CommitteeonHealth In support of SB 38; an act to amend mental health andAging insurance parity law to includepervasive

developmental disorders

2012-03-12

Kansas HouseCommitteeon In support of HB 2764; an act concerning insurance; Insurance providing coverage for autism spectrumdisorder

2012-03-01

Michigan Senate CommitteeonHealth In support of SB 414 and SB 415; an act related to Policy health insurance coverage for the treatmentof

autism

2012-02-07

Nebraska BankingCommerceand In support of LB 1129; an act related to insurance; to InsuranceCommittee provide requirements of coverage ofautism

spectrum disorders

Presentations

2018-04-21

Wasmer, Michael. Autism and Post-Secondary Education. 2018 Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Convention. St. Louis, MO.

2018-02-20

Wasmer, Michael. EPSDT and Coverage for the Treatment of Autism. Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis. On-line webinar.

2018-02-06

Wasmer, Michael. The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes Law. University of Kansas Medical Center LEND Trainee Class. Kansas City, MO.

2017-10-26

Wasmer, Michael. Autism and Post-Secondary Education. 2017 Autism Law Summit. San Diego, CA.

2017-10-19

Wasmer, Michael. Autism Insurance Reform in Alabama: Details of HB 284; Implementation and Enforcement. Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Birmingham, AL.

2017-06-23

Wasmer, Michael. Update on Autism Insurance Reform in Alabama. Autism Society of Alabama

Leadership Conference. Birmingham, AL.

2017-04-28

Wasmer, Michael. Update on Insurance Reform in Ohio. Autism Model School Autism Awareness Breakfast. Toledo, OH.

2017-04-22

Wasmer, Michael. Legislative Update on ABA and Autism & The Role of Behavior Analysts in Transition Policy. 2017 Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Overland Park, KS.

2016-11-10

Wasmer, Michael. Policy Related to Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with Autism. Shaping the Future of ABA Together, Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis. Omaha, NE.

2016-10-07

Wasmer, Michael. How a Bill Becomes Law. 2016 Autism Law Summit. Albuquerque, NM.

2016-08-04

Wasmer, Michael. A Discussion of Health Insurance for Autism in Alabama. University of Alabama. Huntsville, AL.

2016-07-27

Wasmer, Michael. A Discussion of Health Insurance for Autism in Alabama. University of South Alabama. Mobile, AL.

2016-06-24 Wasmer, Michael. A Discussion of Health Insurance for Autism in Alabama. University ofAlabama.

Birmingham, AL.

2015-12-16 Wasmer, Michael. A Discussion of Health Insurance for Autism in Wyoming. Trumpet BehavioralHealth.

Cheyenne, WY.

2015-10-23 Wasmer, Michael. A Discussion of Health Insurance for Autism. 2015 Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Overland Park,KS

2015-09-28 Wasmer, Michael. Autism and Self-Funded Health Benefit Plans. Autism Mandate Summit. Lehi, UT. 2015-08-15 Wasmer, Michael. How a Bill Becomes Law. Behavior Analyst Certification Board Workshopon

Regulation of the Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. Denver, CO.

2015-04-25 Wasmer, Michael. Update on Legislative Action in Kansas. 2015 Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Overland Park,KS.

2015-04-18 Wasmer, Michael. Update on Insurance Coverage for Autism. The North Star Academy 1st Annual Lifespan Conference. Overland Park,KS.

2015-03-16 Wasmer, Michael. Estimate of the Cost to Nebraska Medicaid of Covering Medically Necessary Treatment of Autism. Informational briefing, Nebraska Appropriations Committee. Lincoln,NE

2014-11-16 Wasmer, Michael. Self Funded Health Benefit Plans. 2014 Autism Law Summit. Nashville, TN 2014-10-25 Wasmer,Michael.InsuranceCoverageforAutism:WhatifIamnotcoveredbytheStateLawsin

Kansas or Missouri? 2014 Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Lifespan Conference. Overland

Park, KS

2014-10-23 Wasmer, Michael. Self-Funded Health Benefit Plans: How plan type affects your benefits and advocacy efforts. Autism New Jersey’s 32nd Annual Autism Conference. Atlantic City,NJ.

2014-09-25 Wasmer, Michael. Health Insurance for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Nebraska and An Overview of the Appeals Process. University of Nebraska Medical Center: Autism Insurance Law Implementation Meeting. Omaha, NE.

2014-09-19 Wasmer, Michael. Details of HB 2744,” “Self-Funded Health Benefit Plans and Autism, The Kansas Marketplace and Autism and Tracking Implementation Issues related to HB 2744. Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training: Implementation of HB 2744. Overland Park,KS.

2014-04-12 Wasmer, Michael. Update on Kansas Autism Insurance Reform. 2014 Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Overland Park,KS.

2014-02-28 Wasmer, Michael. The Affordable Care Act: Practical Implications for Parents. Your Child with Special Needs: Innovations & Updates 2014 Conference. Kansas City,MO.

2014-01-16 Wasmer, Michael. Update on the Kansas Autism Pilot Project and Plan for 2014. Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, Kansas Autism Insurance Forum. Overland Park,KS.

2013-10-18 Wasmer, Michael. Autism and Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act, State Insurance Lawand

Self-Funded Health Benefit Plans. 2013 Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Lifespan Conference. Overland Park, KS.

2013-06-10 Wasmer, Michael. Autism and Self-Funded Health Benefit Plans. 2013 Mountaineer Autism Project Conference. Roanoke, WV.

2013-03-20 Wasmer, Michael. Autism and HB 2395; an act concerning insurance; providing coverage for autism spectrum disorder. Informational briefing in House Committee on Insurance. Topeka,KS.

2013-01-29 Wasmer, Michael. Autism Overview; Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism InsuranceReform.

Informational briefing in House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy. St. Paul,MN.

2013-01-16 Wasmer, Michael. Autism Insurance Reform: Is Kansas Being Left Behind? Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church. Overland Park, KS.

2012-12-01 Wasmer, Michael. Autism Insurance Reform: Is Kansas Being Left Behind? 2012 Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the LifespanConference.

2012-09-07 Wasmer, Michael. Self-Funded Health Benefit Plans vs Fully Funded Insurance, Advocating for the Addition of an Autism Benefit – Tips and Resources; the Autism Speaks ERISA Toolkit” and Undermining Legislation. 2012 Autism Law Summit. Washington,D.C.

2012-07-13 Wasmer, Michael. Implementation of Autism Insurance Reform. 2012 Mountaineer Autism Project Conference. Roanoke, WV.

2012-04-28 Wasmer, Michael. Update on Kansas Autism Insurance Reform. 2012 Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Overland Park,KS.

2012-03-28 Wasmer, Michael. Essential Health Benefits and State Autism Insurance Reform. Autism Speaks Autism Congress. On-line webinar.

2011-10-21 Wasmer, Michael. The Meaning of ‘Evidence-Based and its Relevance to Autism Insurance Reform Legislation. 2011 Autism Law Summit. Salt Lake City,UT.

2011-10-08 Wasmer, Michael. Legislation of Interest to the Autism Community in Kansas. 2011 Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Lifespan Conference. Overland Park,KS.

2011-09-29 Wasmer, Michael. Implementation of HB 1315 (Act 136). University of Arkansas Medical School College of Public Health: Autism Insurance Law Implementation Meeting. Little Rock, AR.

Autism Advocacy and Government Relations Experience prior to joining Autism Speaks

2011

Co-hosted a statewide meeting on the implementation of HB 2160 with the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training; Advocated for expansion of the Kansas Autism Insurance Law (HB 2160) which resulted in HB 2216 being filed this session; Grew KCAL membership to over 1500 members

2010 Continued to advocate for autism insurance legislation (HB 2160); Provided testimony in support of HB 2160 which was enacted in April 2010; Awarded Autism Speaks Advocate of the YearAward

2009

Advocated for introduction of the autism Insurance bills SB 12 and HB 2367; Authored the associated impact reports as required for insurance mandates by KSA 40-2248; Presented testimony to both Senate and House committees in support of this legislation (the bills stalled in committee)

2008

Advocated for introduction of the first Kansas autism insurance bill, SB 398 (it was introduced but did not get a hearing); KCAL hosted Summit III (the National Autism Law Summit); Appointed as Autism Speaks Chapter Advocacy Chair for Kansas

2007

Presented testimony to both Senate and House committees in support of SB 138 which was enacted in May 2007; Appointed to the Kansas Autism Task Force by Senator Anthony Hensley where I servedas the chair of the insurancesubcommittee

2006

Founded the Kansas Coalition for Autism Legislation (KCAL); KCAL hosted legislative coffees atfour sites statewide to raise awareness of autism among Kansas legislators; Presented testimony to the Kansas Legislative Educational Planning Committee in support of formation of The Kansas Autism Task Force; The Autism Task Force Bill (SB 138) was introduced in the 2007session