Utah Autism Coalition: Utah&#39s Autism Insurance Bill Signed into Law

On Thursday, April 3rd, Governor Gary Herbert signed SB57 into law, generating Utah the 35th state in the country to enact autism insurance reform.

The law calls for numerous state-regulated wellness plans to cover behavioral health treatment options by means of age 9, speech, occupational and physical therapy, and psychological/psychiatric care.  It will apply to insurance ideas starting January 1, 2016.

The Utah Autism Coalition thanks Senator Brian Shiozawa for championing this cause with intelligence and determination.  It’;s been a 6 12 months effort to reach this level, and we thank all of the advocates who have created it happen, specially past UAC presidents Leeann Whiffen and Mirella Petersen.  Autism Speaks has been an invaluable resource to us.

At the exact same ceremony, Governor Herbert signed HB88 into law, turning the state’;s autism treatment pilot into an on-going plan.  The UAC thanks Representative Ronda Menlove for all her efforts on the behalf of the autism community more than her job.  Her voice will be missed in the legislature.

We thank Governor Herbert for his stalwart help of the autism local community and the Utah legislature for listening to our stories and acting on them.

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