Friday, September 28, 2012

Autism treatment slots open Monday for young Utah kids

High demand is likely, which would trigger a lottery for applicants.

First Published Sep 27 2012 02:42 pm 
"Starting Monday, Utah families who have young children with autism can apply for free treatment provided by a new pilot project — but if too many seek help, they’ll need luck to win a slot.

About 250 kids can be served through the Medicaid-funded portion of the project, which is open to children who are not covered by the low-income public health insurance plan. If more children apply than can be helped, which is likely, applications will be ranked at random, similar to a lottery, explained Utah Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko."

Read the full article here.

How to apply:

Children between the ages of 2 and 6 who meets certain requirements can apply for autism treatment through the Medicaid-funded portion of a state pilot project.
  • Applicants need not be on Medicaid. To be eligible, kids must:
  • Be clinically diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and Utah resident.
  • Have been born between April 1, 2007 and October 31, 2010.
  • Not have assets, such as a bank account or trust fund, in his or her name in excess of $2,000.
Applications will be available Monday at