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April 18, 2012

Gov. signs autism coverage law

LANSING — Legislation that will require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism treatments will soon be part of Michigan law.

Gov. Rick Snyder's office announced that the bills will be signed in a Wednesday afternoon ceremony. Lawmakers gave final legislative approval to the measures last month.

Snyder supported the legislation. It was championed in part by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who has a daughter with autism.

Previous efforts to mandate insurance coverage for autism had failed in Michigan. But a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville helped soften opposition by setting up a fund to help reimburse some companies for paid claims related to diagnosis and treatment of autism.

More than half the states already have laws aimed at requiring insurance companies to cover some types of autism therapies.

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