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Shortage of autism therapists causing billing and insurance issues

A new study shows there are not enough therapists to treat children with autism.

Currently one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism — that number is up from one out of every 125 children 10 years ago.

Autism Up says there’s a lack of practitioners who specialize in applied behavioral analysis. It’s an intervention method that they say has proven to be effective among people with autism.

The problem at hand is that a lot of those services can’t be billed through
Medicaid, which means families have to fork out more money.

Danielle Salamone’s eldest daughter, Maddie, has autism.

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