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‘Tobacco 21’ bill clears Illinois Senate ‘Tobacco 21’ bill clears Illinois Senate

‘Tobacco 21’ bill clears Illinois Senate

A four-year effort by lawmakers and advocates to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois appears nearly complete now that legislation approved by both chambers heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

House panel advances bill to expand Medicaid coverage for early autism diagnosis, treatment House panel advances bill to expand Medicaid coverage for early autism diagnosis, treatment

House panel advances bill to expand Medicaid coverage for early autism diagnosis, treatment

It’s been a decade since Illinois became one of the first states to pass legislation mandating private insurers cover the cost of autism diagnosis and treatment in children, and legislators are looking to expand that coverage. House Bill 2845, which requires state Medicaid managed care plans to cover autism diagnosis and treatment for those under 21, passed unanimously out of the House...
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