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Alaska SB. 74

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 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.)

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April 16, 2012

JUNEAU (April 16, 2012) -- The Alaska Legislature last night completed action on SB.74, the autism insurance reform bill, and sent it to Governor Sean Parnell for his signature. With time running out in the current legislative session, the bill was voted out of the House Rules Committee, approved on the House floor 36-3 and then sent back to the Senate which concurred 18-0 with amendments that had been added in the House.

April 10, 2012

ANCHORAGE -- NBC affiliate, KTUU, reported on the refusal of Rep. Wes Keller, as chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee, to allow a vote on SB.74 during a hearing yesterday in Juneau. Five of the seven committee members are co-sponsors, a majority of House members also are signed on as co-sponsors and the measure was voted out of the Senate with overwhelming support. Read more here.

January 27, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (January 27, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for Senate Bill 74, the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

An Op-Ed by Alaska State Representative Pete Petersen
April 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE (April 9, 2010) -- "April is Autism Awareness Month, and this year the Legislature has the chance to meaningfully support autistic children and their families. There are many hardships and burdens faced by the parents of autistic children, and a simple fix will help alleviate the financial burden on autistic families"... Read more.