Michigan Medicaid approved to provide applied behavior analysis therapy for children with autism

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Tuesday the familiar green tinge of the Mackinac Bridge has turned blue, to promote Autism Awareness month. 

Two state-run insurance plans are also taking on the autism issue, with a decision to expand coverage for behavioral therapy.

Michild and Medicaid have expanded their coverage to include a specific type of therapy that low-income children did not previously have access too. 

Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She said many for-profit insurers are already offering the therapy.

"Applied behavior analysis is an evidence based treatment that focuses on improving behavior, communication and social skills in a very intensive environment for these children with autism spectrum disorders." Minicuci said.

The expansion will impact 16-hundred low-income Michigan children who are living with autism.

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