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CMS seeks to clarify coverage for autism treatment under CHIP, Medicaid
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has moved to clarify confusion about a bulletin it released in July on coverage for comprehensive autism treatment under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Uncertainty centered on whether the CMS was mandating coverage for applied-behavior analysis therapy, a costly treatment.

ABA treatment, believed to be the most effective for people with autism, involves behavioral specialists leading patients through drills to help with speaking and social skills.

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