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Salt Lake Trib: Medicaid Program Designed to Fail?

November 08, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (November 7, 2012) -- The Salt Lake Tribune reported that ABA providers are fearful the state's pilot Medicaid program to treat children with autism could fail because the pay rates and standards are so low.

The Tribune spoke with several ABA providers who said they did not plan to participate in the program because the Medicaid rate and qualifications for in-home therapists were too low. In a subsequent story, the Tribune reported that the state would consider raising the pay rate, but warned that could in turn reduce the number of children served.   

In addition to the Medicaid program, the Utah pilot includes a public/private partnership expected to serve 25 children and a public employees program expected to provide services for 50 children.