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Autistic children losing services in state health insurance transition, parents say
Contra Costa Times

When 4-year-old Catalena DiBattista learned her autism therapist would not return, her lips began to quiver and her eyes welled with tears. “She was very sad” before the service was temporarily restored, said her mother, Pamela. “She loves Miss Alana.” She and other parents of autistic children have been on a roller-coaster ride since the state began transitioning to Medi-Cal some 860,000 children who received low-cost health, dental and vision care through its soon-to-be-defunct Healthy Families program.

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