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Alaska Lawmakers, Advocates Celebrate Enactment of Autism Insurance Reform

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.

"I was extremely pleased to celebrate this historic victory with key lawmakers, advocates and families of autistic Alaskans," said Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), the sponsor of the bill, SB.74.

"Private insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage for children with autism, and I truly believe this legislation will help save marriages, keep families together and allow many Alaskan children to receive proper care at home, not in costly institutions."

(Senator Ellis, front row right, at the ceremony) Read more here.