Autism Cuts Continue, Despite Promises
When the state decided to transition low-income kids from state-subsidized private insurance â€” known as Healthy Families â€“to the state-run Medi-Cal program, families of children with autism were promised that their kidsâ€™ treatment would not suffer. But those families soon learned that one especially promising (but expensive) form of treatment was not going to be covered by Medi-Cal.
Since then, those families and other supporters of autism treatment have been lobbying the Legislature to require Medi-Cal to cover the treatment, known as Applied Behavior Analysis. State senators added $50 million to the proposed budget to pay for the treatment for the coming year. But the latest version of the budget approved by budget-writing conference committee deleted that money.
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