Medicaid Claims for ASD Jumps Significantly in Younger Adults Versus Older Adults

Researchers Examined Program’s Claims Made from 2008-2012

According to new research from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the number of adults receiving Medicaid services for autism soared between 2008 and 2012. The highest prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was detected in the younger adult cohort which includes individuals between the ages 18 and 24 years. Autism prevalence was lowest amongst older adults between the ages of 41 and 64 years. Information on age distribution for autism is becoming increasingly important as more children with the disorder become adults and will need to access Medicaid services in order to be integrated into the community, workplace and economy. 

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