More Utah children with autism will soon have access to behavioral therapy. The state is preparing to expand its Medicaid program to include autism services.
At the moment, there are fewer than 300 children with autism in Utah who are getting behavioral therapy paid for by Medicaid. Those families entered a lottery for a spot in this limited state program approved by a federal waiver. But Utah is phasing out that program. The Obama administration announced in July last year that standard Medicaid will now cover autism services for children under 21. State health officials estimate that more than 4000 children will be eligible.
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