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Death And Deals: Children With Special Needs Suffer, Private Equity Profits

At-home children's nursing care is dominated by a company assembled through a series of corporate takeovers that has two goals — quality care and maximizing profit.

December 6, 2019
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Doctors Making Virtual House Calls For Those With Special Needs

Aiming to ease the experience of visiting a doctor, a new program is allowing people with developmental disabilities to access medical and mental health care without leaving home.

November 22, 2019
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High-Stakes Medicaid Assessments Upend Lives Of Families With Disabilities

A computer-based assessment was supposed to make it easier for families to apply for Medicaid waivers in one state. Instead, many have seen their benefits arbitrarily slashed.

November 20, 2019

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Nation’s Largest Health Insurer Fined Over Autism Claims

Officials in one state announced a $1 million fine against insurance giant UnitedHealthcare for improperly handling claims related to autism and other mental health care.

November 8, 2019

Tylenol Use During Pregnancy Linked To Higher Rate Of Autism

Exposure to acetaminophen — better known as Tylenol — in the womb may have some connection with a child's risk for ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, suggests a new study.

November 1, 2019
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Most Older People With Down Syndrome Have Dementia, Study Finds

It's long been known that people with Down syndrome are more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, but now a new study is quantifying just how common memory issues are in this population.

October 29, 2019

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FDA, FTC Crack Down On Unproven Autism Treatments

Federal regulators are warning a company against using unsubstantiated claims to illegally peddle a slate of supposed treatments for autism and other conditions.

October 23, 2019
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A Medicaid Waiver System So Confusing That Families Hire Guides

Overwhelmed by the complexity of Medicaid waivers, families are increasingly turning to consultants to help them navigate the maze of rules and regulations.

October 22, 2019
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Study Exposes ‘Significant Shortcomings’ In Autism Screening

The primary method that pediatricians use to identify children with autism is missing more kids with the developmental disorder than it catches, new research suggests.

October 21, 2019

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Jury Delivers $8B Verdict In Risperdal Case

Johnson & Johnson must pay $8 billion to a man who claimed the company failed to warn that boys using its drug Risperdal — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts.

October 11, 2019
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Feds Urged To Take Action On Disability Bias In Organ Transplants

A government agency is calling on the Trump administration to clarify that individuals with developmental disabilities should not be disqualified from receiving life-saving organ transplants.

October 10, 2019
A nurse moves a child to her wheelchair

Study Finds Gaps In Medicaid Waivers

The services provided through Medicaid waivers to children with the most severe disabilities vary wildly from state to state, researchers say, leaving many families to pick up the pieces.

October 7, 2019

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