California To broaden Autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

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Kaiser Health News staff writer Daniela Hernandez reports: “A new initiative seeks to help level the playing field. Starting Monday, September 15,thousands of children from low-income families who are on the autism spectrum will be eligible for behavioral therapy under Medi-Cal, the state’s health plan for the poor. California is among the first states to respond to a recent rule by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that requires the therapy to be covered, when deemed medically necessary, as part of a “comprehensive array of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services” for low-income people 21 and under” (Hernandez, 9/15).


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