California Healthline: Autism Treatment Concerns Raised

California Healthline: Autism Treatment Concerns Raised

By David Gorn

State health officials this week said 105 children have received autism therapy since the Medi-Cal benefit was officially launched Sept. 15. Officials said the state would require a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation before those services would be covered.

Children with autism spectrum disorder can’t wait that long, said Abbi Coursolle, staff attorney for the National Health Law Program.

“We would ask you to look at that requirement again,” Coursolle said. “As many people here have said, we’re concerned it’s going to become a barrier to timely access to care.” Read the full article here. »

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