Medi-Cal Autism Care May Be Lacking

Children with autism spectrum disorder who are in Medi-Cal managed care plans are not getting the care they need, according to children’s health advocates.

A specific autism therapy — applied behavior analysis, known as ABA therapy — became a Medi-Cal benefit in September 2014. But according to figures released last month by the Department of Health Care Services, as of May 5, fewer than 1,123 children have received behavioral health treatment services, which include ABA therapy. Read more.