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The ability for families to get services for children with developmental disabilities may increase if a new rule proposed under the Affordable Care Act becomes final.
In this "Kids News Extra" segment Dr. T reviews the article, "Proposed Rule Mandates Coverage of Habilitation" from the ASHA Leader about proposed mandate to cover habilitative services.
"Habilitation" is intervention to help a child build skills in which they are delayed or disordered. It's similar to the more familiar term of "rehabilitation" whereby an individual receives intervention to regain skills that are lost second to an accident, a disease, or the like.
The ASHA Leader is a publication of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association which provides information for the public and governs the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.
This proposed rule goes beyond speech-language and hearing services and regards global developmental issues. We hope it's helpful.
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