Michigan codifies ACA provisions into state law

Michigan has codified several provisions of the Affordable Care Act into state law, ahead of a Supreme Court case that could strike down the law's preventive care coverage requirements. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed four bills Oct. 19 that codified several provisions of the Affordable Care Act into state law, including requiring insurers to cover preventive care services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force without cost-sharing. 

Other provisions of the federal law the act codified into state law include allowing dependents to remain on their parents' coverage until age 26, preventing insurers from denying or limiting care based on preexisting conditions, and prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. 

Ms. Whitmer urged state lawmakers to codify preventive care requirements in April, after a Texas judge struck down the ACA provision requiring payers and employers to provide coverage for preventive services without copays. These requirements remain in place while the ruling is appealed in court. 

Minnesota passed a law requiring insurers in the state to cover preventive care in May, and California has considered similar legislation. 

State laws do not apply to self-funded employer-sponsored insurance plans, which are only governed by federal law. 

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