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June 18, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (June 18, 2013) -- The state of Utah, which has the highest autism rate in the nation, will add 35 slots to a Medicaid-funded ABA program offered through a lottery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The Utah Autism Coalition has estimated over 18,000 children in the state have been diagnosed with autism.

June 12, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (June 12, 2013) -- Autism Speaks volunteer Rollin Cook has been named Utah's new director of the Department of Corrections. The oldest of his four children has autism.

Read his Salt Lake Tribune profile here

February 08, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (February 8, 2013) -- The Senate Banking and Labor Committee yesterday voted 5-2 to release SB.55, the autism insurance reform bill, for a vote by the full Senate which is likely to come next week. The bill was released with amendments by the sponsor, Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R-Cottonwood Heights).

February 01, 2013

NEW YORK (February 1, 2013) -- Autism Speaks today formally endorsed S.55, the new Utah autism insurance reform bill, sponsored by Dr. Brian Shiozawa, a Salt Lake Republican Senator and past president of the Utah Medical Association. Utah has the highest incidence of autism in the nation, yet is one of only 18 states not to require state-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. 

December 06, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (December 6, 2012) -- The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the state's Medicaid program will increase reimbursement rates for ABA providers serving children with autism because its initial offer was so low only two providers had agreed to participate.

Read more here

September 30, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (September 30, 2012) -- In its lead story, The Salt Lake Tribune explored the plight of parents across Utah who have been forced to surrender their children with autism into the state's child welfare system due to the lack of autism insurance coverage.