State lawmakers did not convene in Springfield this week, working in their districts until their scheduled return to the Capital City on April 21.

Senator Tim Bivins said several bills were signed into law on April 7, including measures that would mandate insurance coverage of therapy services and the extension of a program created to reduce juvenile crime.

Therapy services for children with congenital, genetic or early acquired disorders—including autism and cerebral palsy—will soon be covered by insurance providers. The new law, Public Act 95-1049, will require insurance companies to pay for occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and other services for children younger than 19 years of age.

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