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Alaska

July 12, 2013

JUNEAU (July 12, 2013) -- Alaska has enacted a law adopting the "Silver Alert" rapid response and notification system that can be activated when vulnerable adults, including those with developmental disabilities, go missing.

January 03, 2013

ANCHORAGE (December 31, 2012) -- The Anchorage Daily News reported on SB.74, Alaska's autism insurance reform law, taking effect on January 1, 2013. Alaska became the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform last June.

Read more here.

June 27, 2012

ANCHORAGE (June 27, 2012)-- Advocates, families and lawmakers celebrated Alaska becoming the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform at an event here today. Senate Bill 74 prevents insurance companies from denying medically necessary speech and language therapies, occupational and physical therapies and behavioral interventions for Alaskans with autism up to the age of 21.

June 27, 2012

NEW YORK -- Alaska will become the 31st state to enact autism insurance reform on June 27 when SB. 74, sponsored by Senator Johnny Ellis and approved by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority from both houses of the Alaska Legislature, officially becomes law. Governor Sean Parnell chose to return the bill to the Legislature today without his signature, which under Alaska law will result in enactment. A 20-day period for the Governor to sign expires June 27.

June 18, 2012

ANCHORAGE (June 18, 2012) -- The online Alaska Dispatch published a commentary from Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs, regarding the enactment of the Alaska autism insurance reform legislation. Read the commentary here.

April 24, 2012

ANCHORAGE (April 12, 2012) -- The Anchorage Daily News in an editorial called on the legislature's House leadership to move SB.74, the autism insurance reform bill, for a vote this year. The bill has passed the Senate and 28 of 40 House members have signed on as a co-sponsors, but the measure is being held in committee.

April 16, 2012

JUNEAU (April 16) -- The Associated Press reported that Rep. Wes Keller, the chairman of the House Health & Social Services, would allow a vote on SB.74, recognizing that his opposition left him in a "pretty severe minority." (The bill has now been voted out committee.)

Read more here.