Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams proposed a budget last week that includes coverage for autism through the county's self-funded insurance plan. It's also a balanced budget with no new taxes. You can read more about it here.
In that article, he's quoted as saying, "I am proposing to finance the decisions that must be acted on today to prepare for a tomorrow of our choosing."
That idea applies quite well to providing coverage for autism. When a kid gets early intensive behavioral therapy, it can save local government from $900,000 to $1.5 million in special education services, long term care, etc. That helps all Utahns.
The mayor's office had a press conference about it today, so it's in the news. In addition to the story above, here are links to more coverage from kutv and ksl.
This is a proposed budget...we need to let the Salt Lake County Council know that we think this is a good idea so they'll approve it. If you think autism coverage is a smart idea, please go sign this petition.