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August 28, 2014

(August 28, 2014) - A teen’s wish became a reality. Sean Anderson is an 18-year-old from Tooele, Utah who has muscular dystrophy and autism. He can’t speak much and he requires a ventilator and oxygen to breathe.

Sean has always wanted to feel the sensation of flying but that was never a possibilty due to all the equipment he needs around at all times. But recently AirMed and the Make-a-Wish Foundation partnered to give Sean a ride in a helicopter.

April 03, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (April 3, 2014) -- -- Gov. Gary Herbert today signed legislation making Utah the 35th state to enact autism insurance reform. Utah has one of the nation's highest rates of prevalence for autism at 1 in 54, or about 2 percent of the state population.

March 03, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (March 3, 2014) -- The Salt Lake Tribune conducted a live webchat on two autism insurance bills before the Legislature featuring reporter Kirsten Stewart, Jon Owen, president of the Utah Autism Coalition, Rep. Ronda Menlove and Kelly Atkinson, executive director of the Utah Health Insurance Association.

February 28, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY  (February 28, 2014)  -- The Utah Senate has approved SB.57, the furthest an autism insurance reform bill has progressed in the state Legislature since efforts began in 2009. Utah has the highest prevalence of autism in the nation at 1 in 47, yet is one of of only 16 states not to require private insurers to cover medically necessary treatments.

February 14, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (February 14, 2014) -- The 2014 Utah autism insurance reform bill is headed to the Senate floor following passage today by the Senate Business and Labor Committee on a 6-1 vote. Utah has the highest prevalence of autism in the nation, yet is one of only 16 remaining states yet to bar insurers from refusing to cover basic therapies on the basis of an autism diagnosis.

February 06, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (February 6, 2014) -- Autism Speaks today formally endorsed SB.57, the latest piece of legislation to require certain health plans in Utah, the state with the highest prevalence of autism in the nation, to cover medically necessary treatments.

November 05, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (November 5, 2013) -- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams yesterday unveiled his proposal to extend autism insurance benefits to county employees. If approved as part of the county's 2014 budget proposal, the autism coverage would be the first in Utah which has the nation's highest rate of autism prevalence.

October 31, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (October 31, 2013) --- A Salt Lake City TV station has come to the rescue of a single mom living in an apartment complex who was threatened with repeated eviction notices due to her son with autism.

July 22, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2013) -- In a series of interviews with Utah parents, The Salt Lake Tribune has found mixed reviews for the state's autism treatment pilot program. The Legislature created the Medicaid program to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for up to 300 children with autism chosen through a lottery, rather than enact legislation requiring state-regulated health insurers to cover the therapy.