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Attorneys for three Bexar county children with autism filed a preliminary injunction today, asking a judge to order state Medicaid to cover the cost of therapy for them until a ruling is made.

In U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, lawyers for the twin boys and a teenager claim Medicaid should pay the cost of Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy.

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Three Bexar County children with autism are at the center of a lawsuit filed on Dec. 6, 2016.

Lawyers for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Disability Rights of Texas assert Medicaid should pay for a therapy called applied behavior analysis treatment.”

"We filed the suit this morning in the United States District Court in San Antonio," said Susan Zinn, a San Antonio attorney for the plaintiffs. "And we hope that they will agree to provide services to these three children while the lawsuit is pending."

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A new, first-of-its-kind website launched today is designed to help families of people with autism in San Antonio access the care and the help they need.

Charles Jones' 12-year-old son, Malik, has autism. When he found out, Jones says, the news came as a shock — and fodder for plenty of fears.

"It was like a shot in the gut," he says. "I thought my son would be nonverbal, that he would never say 'I love you.' But when he started talking he wouldn't shut up."