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California broadens autism therapy coverage for children on Medi-Cal

California children enrolled in public healthcare will regain access to an expensive form of autism therapy after the state Monday became the first in the country to comply with new federal guidelines. The therapy, called applied behavior analysis, was at the center of controversy last year when state officials phased out the Healthy Families program, which covered the treatment, and shifted poor children into Medi-Cal, which did not. Advocates said the new federal guidelines, issued in July, will help rectify this lapse in healthcare coverage for potentially thousands of children. "It's really incredible these kids can finally get the treatment," said Kristin...

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