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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Waiting In South Carolina

At The State, Jamie Self reports that there are long Medicaid waiting lists for ABA.
Behind the delay is South Carolina’s lowest-in-the-nation reimbursement rate for the therapy, advocates and providers say.

▪ Rates are so low – $13.58 an hour – that providers are backing out of the program, refusing to take on new patients like Zeph, who are covered by Medicaid, the joint federal-state insurance program for the poor and disabled
▪ A 27 percent increase — to $17.28 an hour — that goes into effect July 1 will leave South Carolina still in dead last, trailing the rates paid by the second-lowest state by about $13 an hour. The national average is $43 an hour, according to Autism Speaks, a national advocacy group.
▪ Making matters worse, an expansion of the program next month to include older patients could add hundreds of children and adults to the list of Medicaid patients awaiting autism treatment.
Of coruse, the problem will get worse if Congress carries out Trumpcare cuts in Medicaid.