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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

2/14/2008

Protect Case Management Services!

Act Now to Stop a Harmful Rule from Going into Effect on March 3rd!

You have a critical opportunity to protect case management services!


A restrictive and overreaching case management rule will go into effect on March 3, 2008 unless you act now!


Last night, Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) filed a bipartisan, joint case management/targeted case management (TCM) moratorium amendment to the American Indian health care reauthorization bill now pending on the Senate floor.

This amendment would delay a harmful CMS rule that will go into effect on March 3, 2008.



ACTION REQUIRED

Call your Senator today!
U.S. Capitol Switchboard 1-800-828-0498

MESSAGE

MESSAGE

Support the bipartisan, joint case management/targeted case management (TCM) moratorium amendment to the American Indian health care reauthorization bill now pending on the Senate floor.


The case management/TCM rule proposed by CMS disproportionately affects kids in foster care, people with developmental disabilities, and individuals with serious mental illnesses.


The regulation strays far beyond the case management/TCM definition announced and made law by Congress in the DRA.


The rule is hugely controversial and shifts costs to financially strapped state and county governments.

BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND

In the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), Congress clarified which services were permissible under the Medicaid case management/TCM benefit. However, CMS recently put forth a rule that appears to go far beyond the DRA’s statutory provisions on numerous fronts. The rule would largely exclude federal Medicaid dollars from case management/TCM services provided for children and youth in the child welfare and foster care systems, overwhelmingly shifting cost to states and localities and threatening access to critical services.

CMS's regulation would temporarily be halted by this amendment—in turn, ensuring that Congress’s intent behind the DRA is upheld and children and youth who depend on these services are not unnecessarily harmed.


For more information about the TCM rule, please visit Web link.


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