Michigan Democrats call for autism coverage law

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Democrats in the Michigan House are renewing calls for a law requiring insurance companies to offer coverage for certain autism treatments.

Lawmakers held an event at the state Capitol on Wednesday to ask
Republicans who hold the majority in the Legislature to pass an autism treatment bill.

Some Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, have supported proposals to require insurance coverage for some autism treatments. But the measure is opposed by business and insurance groups that say mandating coverage would raise the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance.

Supporters of the measure say it's an issue of fairness and that it would save Michigan money in the long run while helping families with autistic children.

Roughly half the states have laws requiring insurers to offer coverage for some autism treatments.

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