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Medi-Cal’s Autism Therapy Benefit Doesn’t Mean Access to Care
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When Tatiana Ciudac found out in January that Medi-Cal benefits included childhood autism therapy, she was ecstatic.

Ciudac, originally from Moldova (near Ukraine) and now living in San Francisco, is the mother of a six-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder. Her son had been getting a type of autism treatment called applied behavior analysis — known as ABA therapy — through a program at her child’s school. The ABA therapy ran out once he hit age five, though.

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