Early Interventions Helps Children with Autism and Saves Healthcare Costs

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Early intervention is key to helping children with autism achieve the best possible outcomes, but many families struggle with having costly early intervention services covered by health insurance or state programs.

Good news comes from a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. The study’s senior author, Dr. David Mandell, Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, found the cost of early intervention was fully offset only two years post-intervention by reducing the future use of health services.

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