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Congress Responded - Medicaid Regs Delayed!

Six Restrictive Medicaid Regs Delayed in War Supplemental!

You worked hard to include a moratorium on harmful Medicaid regulations in the war supplemental appropriations bill, and Congress has responded!

Last night - following the House's lead - the Senate passed a war supplemental bill (H.R. 2642) that includes delays on six restrictive Medicaid regulations issued by the Administration. The Rehabilitative Services and Targeted Case Management (TCM) rules - two rules that would have directly and negatively impacted the child welfare and foster care systems - will both be delayed by the war supplemental until April 1, 2009.

With such strong bipartisan support and the White House involved in the bill's negotiations, this bill is expected to be signed into law by the President. Please stay tuned to the Children's Monitor for the latest updates on upcoming Presidential action!


This most recent vote and the likely outcome of the Medicaid rules moratorium being signed into law are a true testament of your advocacy and commitment. Because of your work, many children and youth in our nation's foster care system will continue to receive the physical and mental health services they so desperately need.


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CWLA's members have been at the front of the pack, urging Congress to delay the Rehab and TCM rules for several months. You have made the calls, written the letters, and participated in Congressional hearings and staff briefings. Important partnerships have also been formed as we advocated alongside other impacted national organizations, particularly those representing the community mental centers and the broader mental health and disability communities. This collaboration and your personal efforts have achieved numerous victories along the way. Last December, this coalition successfully saw a six-month moratorium on the Rehab rule signed into law, and last April, we helped achieve a veto-proof vote in the House on H.R. 5613 that would have delayed all seven Medicaid regulations, including rehab and TCM. With inclusion of longer moratorium in the war supplemental, the delays will continue into a new Administration.

CWLA sincerely thanks and applauds our members and other concerned parties for your continued support on this matter. By raising your voice, Medicaid Rehab and TCM services will remain strong streams of care for children, youth, and other vulnerable populations.
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