House Bill Would Free Up Medicaid Spending for Autism Treatment

Apr 19, 2021
Derik Holtmann of the Belleville News-Democrat

Braxton Lear is 5 years old and tall for his age. He runs – not walks – from his scooter, to the swing set, to the trampoline in his great-aunt’s backyard in Caseyville, about 12 miles east of St. Louis. 

Braxton’s mom, Shannon Lear, asks him what’s his name, how old is he, and what’s her name. He answers.

“He couldn’t do that a year ago,” Lear said.