LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Senate has approved bills aimed at requiring insurance companies to cover some types of treatment or therapy for autism.
The bills were approved Tuesday by 29-9 and 28-10 votes. Democrats supported the bills and Republicans were split.
The bills advance to the Republican-led Michigan House.
One bill sets up a fund to help reimburse some companies for paid claims related to diagnosis and treatment of autism. That provision is included in hopes of lessening opposition from business and insurance groups.
Previous efforts to mandate autism coverage have stalled in Michigan.
More than half the states require insurers to provide autism coverage. Gov. Rick Snyder has called for similar requirements in Michigan.