Medi-Cal Starts Covering Autism Therapy For Thousands Of Poor Children

CBS San Francisco

September 18, 2014


Thousands of children enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s health plan for the poor, are now eligible to receive treatment for autism spectrum disorders in an effort to level the playing field for kids from families unable to afford the expensive therapy. California is one of the first states to respond to a recent rule by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that requires therapy using intensive drills and rewards to teach kids how to communicate and interact socially to be covered for low-income people 21 and under.
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