The Alaska Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders.
SB74 passed 14-5 Wednesday. Minority Leader John Coghill served notice of reconsideration, meaning the bill could be voted on again before going to the House.
Coghill was among the dissenting votes. He had tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill to replace the coverage mandate.
Sen. Johnny Ellis, the bill's lead sponsor, said the amendment would render the bill essentially toothless.Autism Speaks supports the bill, which Senator Ellis described on the floor: