March 29, 2024

‘Just help me get my kid services:’ Tampa boy with autism among 460K Florida kids kicked off Medicaid

Brittany Muller writes:

"TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa dad has nearly given up after his son who has autism was dropped from Medicaid.

Chaz, 5, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and is nonverbal. Drew Peterson said his son tried attending public school, but ultimately saw success in applied behavior analysis, or ABA therapy, which had been completely covered by Medicaid under the Department of Children and Families during COVID.


Chaz is one of 34,000 kids in Hillsborough County alone who lost Medicaid coverage since April 2023. Across the state, the numbers are staggering—460,000 children have been dropped, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. In the past year, DCF has been reviewing Medicaid eligibility after Congress ended a pandemic-era rule effective on March 31, 2023."


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