Fixing a Broken System

The Story of Autism, One State at a Time

Published In: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, v. 51, no. 8, Editorial, Aug. 2012, p. 759-761

Posted on RAND.org on August 01, 2012

by Sheryl H. Kataoka

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This commentary presents an overview of the issues associated with how health plans and public Medicaid systems should share in the costs of assessing and treating children with autism across their lifespan and how school services should be integrated in an overall treatment plan for children. It also introduces the results of a study of one state's initial experience with mandated private insurance coverage for autism services.

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