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Autism Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Approved for Medicaid

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) for those with autism is no longer considered experimental thanks to the legal victory in Garrido v. Dude. Autistic children now have access to a rehabilitative therapy treatment that has shown to improve their quality of life. Until now, children with autism in the state of Florida were denied coverage for ABA.  “It's the only evidence-based treatment found to significantly improve these children's ability to function and communicate with their parents. Yet Medicaid denied reimbursement for any form of behavioral treatment of autism.”

The success of this litigation was based on proving that ABA was “rehabilitative, rather than experimental.” Thanks to combined efforts of Florida Legal Services attorney Miriam Harmatz, trial lawyer Neil Kodsi, and Monica Viques-Pitan an advocacy director of Legal Services of Greater Miami, children with autism can now receive Medicaid coverage under Florida's Medicaid program.

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