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LA Times: ABA 'Falling Through the Cracks' in Medi-Cal Transition

July 08, 2013

LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2013) -- The Los Angeles Times reported on the transition of 900,000 California children from the Healthy Families program into Medi-Cal which has led to a cutoff of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, despite assurances from state officials there was to be no loss in services.

Rene Mollow, a deputy director at the California Department of Health Care Services, told the newspaper that some children could get ABA "through a federal program" or their school, but acknowledged that not all children will be served.

"We're coming out of a significant deficit," she said. "We're just looking to be prudent with the dollars that we have."

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) sought to restore the coverage in the state budget, but the necessary funding was not included by Governor Jerry Brown.

"The administration promises us a resolution, but we don't have one yet," Steinberg told the Times.