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Autism bill, other measures set to take effect
San Francisco Chronicle

One of the new laws set to take effect in Alaska will require health insurance policies to cover treatment of autism spectrum disorders. All or portions of a number of bills became law, effective Tuesday, with the start of 2013. Another new measure provides tax incentives to encourage oil and gas exploration outside the North Slope and Cook Inlet. A part of the autism bill took effect earlier, establishing a task force to study issues such as the state providing insurance coverage for the disorder.