Stateline Midwest ~ April 2012

Michigan has joined four other Midwestern states in requiring insurers to cover therapies for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The package of bills (SB 414, 415 and 981) was passed by the Legislature in late March.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law this week a behavioral health parity bill that brings state law into line with federal law on requiring mental health coverage be comparable with other physical health coverage. The Chicago Tribune reported the Governor said at the signing "no one should be forced to forgo critical mental health care because of where they live or because their insurance charges more."