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Lorri Unumb

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.

Dinner held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.
May 01, 2012

GREENVILLE (May 1, 2012) -- Lorri Unumb, JD, Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs, spoke about autism insurance reform and the need for employers with self-funded plans to voluntarily offer coverage as special guest speaker at the 2012 Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards dinner at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

Unumb wrote South Carolina's groundbreaking 2007 "Ryan's Law" which has led 28 other states to enact autism insurance reform laws.

February 07, 2012

HONOLULU (February 7, 2012)-- Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs, presented a talk entitled, "Autism Insurance Reform Across America and in Hawaii" at the State Capitol Auditorium tonight. Lorri discussed legislation that has passed in 29 states, as well as legislation that is pending in Hawaii, House Bill 2405 and Senate Bill 2631.

July 13, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (July  13, 2011) – The California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders, chaired by Senate President Darrell Steinberg, held a hearing today to hear expert testimony on autism insurance coverage and behavioral intervention therapy. Lorri Unumb, Esq., vice president for state government relations for Autism Speaks, addressed the impact of the new federal health care law on behavioral intervention therapy.

June 19, 2010

In the past three years, 20 states have passed laws requiring health insurance policies to cover individuals with autism and the treatments prescribed by doctors for autism. The New York legislature is on the verge of passing one of the broadest autism insurance reform bills in the nation, and yet some members of the autism community oppose the bill, largely because of its broadness. I write to offer some historical and legal perspective on a bill that embraces a broad approach to legislating.

April 29, 2010

(April 29, 2010) -- This week, Autism Speaks Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Lorri Unumb, was interviewed by Stan Goldberg for his webcast Senior Dad: Autism Briefing Room. The interview focused on the issue of national autism insurance reform, but also touched on other policy issues affecting the autism community, including IDEA and the history of mental health parity law.

June 07, 2007

(SOUTH CAROLINA - June 7, 2007) The South Carolina House and Senate overrode Gov. Mark Sanford's 11th hour veto of a bill requiring health insurance coverage for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The bill, “Ryan's Law”, previously passed by both the House and Senate, was vetoed on June 6, 2007 by the Governor, and was brought back to the floor on June 7, where the House and Senate voted unanimously to override the veto.