Autism Insurance News for California

Autism Insurance News for California

Autism Insurance News for California.

Here is some recent insurance news for the State of California for autistic Californians

The following information comes from Autism Deserves Equal Coverage.

“Starting Monday, September 15, 2014, Medi-Cal is now required to pay for behavioral therapy for individuals aged 0-21.

Please share this information with your networks to ensure that families understand their rights under this new opportunity.

This a new excellent opportunity for many children but it also has some potential significant problems.

I’ll give you the good news and potential problems for each type of child:

Children who have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum but who are not eligible for regional center services

The good news is if the child is on Medi-Cal, they can now call their Managed Care Plan and ask for a list of providers.

The potential problems are it may take a while for the Managed Care Plans to get this up and running and there might be a small amount of provider options.

We are hoping this is not the case.

Children who are clients of a regional center BUT the regional centers don’t give them needed behavior therapy

There is good news here, which is if the child is on Medi-Cal, call your plan. (If your child isn’t on Medi-Cal, you should apply) Children with autism are eligible for Medi-Cal based on their disability, not on their parents’ income.

Getting your child on Medi-Cal will not only will help your family but it will bring needed dollars into our state from the federal government.

Talk to your regional center and they will help you apply.

Children who are clients of a regional center and live in an area with a good regional center that actually provides them necessary behavioral therapy and who is on Medi-Cal

The good news is you are entitled to stay with your provider and with regional center providing the funding for at least the short term.

However, at this point, there is only a guarantee of ‘continuity of care for up to 12 months.’

In other words, this means that if your provider does not agree to accept Medi-Cal, you may be required to change behavioral agencies at some.

We are advocating strongly against this but we don’t know what will happen.

Children who receive behavioral therapy paid for by their private insurance AND the child is also on Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal will pay for the co-pays.

However, you need to call the Managed Care Plan to take care of this and they may not be ready yet.

Children who have self-funded insurance that doesn’t cover behavioral health treatments and currently receive behavior funding from their regional centers

The good news is you will be able to stay with regional center funding for the time being.

Now for a potential problem, if your child also has Medi-Cal, your regional center will require you to shift funding to them if your child is eligible based on their disability.

If you don’t have Medi-Cal, your regional center may also insist that you apply for Medi-Cal.

Children who are undocumented and are, therefore, not eligible for Medi-Cal: Good news -Regional centers will continue funding your behavior therapy. Potential problems – You don’t have health insurance.”

In conclusion, here is the original article.

http://www.dailynews.com/health/20140914/california-broadens-autism-coverage-for-kids-through-medicaid

Regarding Autism insurance news for California, this is all of the information I have at this time.

It appears to be a step forward.

However, it’s best that if you live in the State of California, please contact your regional center and ask them about this recent development.

Good luck.

 

 

 

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