Signs Point to Adding Autism Coverage for Kids Under Medi-Cal Managed Care

The state has been considering the addition of autism therapy as a Medi-Cal benefit based on legal developments in other states, according to state officials at a budget subcommittee hearing this week.

“We believe it’s reasonable for the Legislature to consider adding ABA therapy services to Medi-Cal managed care [and making that] a high priority,” said Ross Brown, a fiscal and policy analyst for the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Autism treatment known as applied behavior analysis, or ABA therapy, is required under state law to be covered by commercial health care plans — but it is still not provided as a Medi-Cal benefit. Ross said adding ABA coverage to Medi-Cal would make it consistent with commercial coverage.

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