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Teen with Muscular Dystrophy and Autism Gets Lifelong Wish

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.

Autism Insurance Bill Clears Utah Senate, Moves To House

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.

Utah Insurance Bill Heads to Senate Floor

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.

Utah ABA Pilot Program Draws Mixed Reviews

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.