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Friday, October 12, 2012

Michigan Mandate to Take Effect

Michigan’s autism insurance mandate officially kicks in on Monday.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter has autism, signed a bipartisan package of billsin April requiring insurers to offer coverage for autism treatment and diagnosis.
It takes effect on Monday, but there will be a grace period allowing insurers to begin programs at the start of their next plan year.
“This new law means that Michigan is well on its way to going from being one of the worst 10 states to raise a child with autism to being one of the best,” Calley said in a statement.
State regulators launched a website for the Autism Coverage Reimbursement Program. The fund, which received a $15 million appropriation for its first year, will reimburse eligible health insurance companies and third-party administrators for paid claims tied to autism treatment and diagnosis.