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SB.55 Clears Utah Senate Committee

SALT LAKE CITY (February 8, 2013) -- The Senate Banking and Labor Committee yesterday voted 5-2 to release SB.55, the autism insurance reform bill, for a vote by the full Senate which is likely to come next week. The bill was released with amendments by the sponsor, Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R-Cottonwood Heights).

Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs, joined Utah families in speaking in favor the bill.

For coverage of the hearing, read:
The Salt Lake Tribune  
The Deseret News

The Shiozawa bill would cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) up to $50,000 a year for children through age 8, then up to $25,000 a year though age 17. It would take effect July 1 of this year.