Findings in North Carolina mirror those in California, with autism rates highest when pollution exposure occurs during third trimester
SACRAMENTO, CA (September 11, 2014) – As many as 75,000 primarily low-income California children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will become eligible for a life-altering form of treatment through Medi-Cal starting Monday when California becomes the first state to implement a federal directive to step up Medicaid coverage for children with autism.
NEW YORK (September 15, 2014) -- In response to a July directive from the federal government to step up Medicaid-funded treatment for autism, a number of states are quickly moving forward to add benefits for behavioral health treatment. One state--Hawai'i--has been hit with a class action suit for failing to provide the coverage.
SACRAMENTO (June 13, 2014) -- A $50 million appropriation sought for Medi-Cal to provide behavioral health treatment for autism failed to make the final cut in California's state budget negotiations. But the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will be directed to incorporate the treatment in Medi-Cal, which is the state's Medicaid program, and request the Legislature for an appropriation.
Three locations across the country held walks this weekend to raise funds and awareness for autism. It's not too late to make a donation to these events. You can see the event status and make a general donation to an individual Walk by clicking on the links below.
The following Walks took place on Saturday:
(April 25, 2014) -- Demanding that providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) hold a state license cannot be used to deny insurance coverage of medically necessary treatment for autism, a California appeals court has ruled, citing the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law as its basis.
(April 17, 2014) -- The California Department of Insurance has won the go-ahead to enforce tough new requirements to stop private insurers from denying and delaying coverage for behavioral health treatments, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), for autism.
SACRAMENTO (March 5, 2014) -- The leader of the California Senate has raised the possibility of funding coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism through Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.