Parents are prompting Nevada officials to pay more to specialists who work with kids with autism.Several individuals provided tearful testimony Monday at a Department of Healthcare Financing and Policy meeting at the Legislature in Carson City. One female brought her boy and said he would not be able to speak were it not for interventions when he was younger.The state prepares to repay Registered Behavioral Health Technicians who take Medicaid at a rate of $29.50 per hour. Parents desire a$40 rate, stating Nevada needs to pay much better to cover the complete levels of employing the skilled employees and to draw in adequate therapists to the state.Nevada currently has about 6,000 autistic youngsters but about about 95 licensed

RBTs. More than 1,800 autistic kids will be eligible for the Medicaid program.State authorities took public comment at the conference Monday but didnt act upon a rate modification for the Medicaid-funded autism program which is set up to take impact Jan. 1, said Department of Health and Person Services spokeswoman Chrystal Main.The Division of Healthcare Funding and Policy will take written testimony through Wednesday and all remarks would be considered prior to the

state sends its Medicaid financing program to the federal government.Although the Medicaid program to fund the RBTs is arranged to start on Jan. 1, Main might not state if the possible recommendation to raise the rates would settled

by then.Parents and autism advocates have actually kept in mind that neighboring states pay a much higher rate, stating New Mexico pays RBTs$50 a hour while California pays almost$60 an hour.Nevada set their rate just after prolonged research study

, stated Main. She kept in mind that Nevada does not requite bachelors or masters degrees for certified RBTs, just 40 hours or training.We are confident that rate is an appropriate rate, Main stated last week about the$29.50 per hour rate. We have actually likewise done a substantial amount of outreach with carriers and we have actually learnt through numerous, lots of carriers who are prepared to take kids on with the understanding that

this is the rate.Comparing other states contribution rates resembles comparing apples to oranges, Main said.There is a reason for some of the variances in the rates, Main said. A few of the rates in other states are bundled. For circumstances, they take lots of various services and put them into one package. In Nevada, we will be paying a Registered Behavioral Technician one rate. So there is one supplier rate. They are not going to be providing various services. So that is an apples to oranges comparison(with New Mexico ). The new coverage for autism services for Medicaid recipients was mandated by the federal government. The Nevada Legislature created a budget for the states share of funding during the 2015 session. Sandovals budget plan, which was passed by the 2015 Legislature, enhanced state autism funding from $10 million to $75 million.Because the state financing for autism has currently been set through 2017, enhancing the per hour rate for the RBTs might reduce the number of kids assisted by the program, state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer said last week.The Associated Press contributed to this report