Update on Harmful Medicaid RegsThe House Heard Your Cry
You worked hard to include a moratorium on harmful Medicaid regulations in the war supplemental appropriations bill, and the U.S. House of Representatives heard you loud and clear!
Yesterday, the House 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) rulesótwo rules that would have directly and negatively impacted the child welfare and foster care systemsówill both be delayed by the war supplemental until April 1, 2009.
ACTION REQUIREDNext Steps:
The domestic spending amendment that contained these moratorium was added by the House with a strong vote of 416-12. The Senate has indicated that it will likely take up the House bill next week and assuming it is cleared?which is expected?the bill will be sent to the White House for signature.
CWLA sincerely thanks and applauds our members and other concerned parties for their continued support on this matter.By raising your voice, you have furthered the effort to keep Medicaid Rehab and TCM services available as strong streams of care for children, youth, and other vulnerable populations.
Please stay tuned to the Children's Monitor for the latest updates on upcoming Senate action! Visit http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/monitoronline.htm.
BACKGROUNDOver the last year, the Administration has proposed a series of regulations that would threaten access to health care and other needed services for our most vulnerable citizens, including children and youth in our nation's foster care system, people with physical and developmental disabilities, and those with mental illness. The regulations would also shift significant cost to states and localities in a time of serious economic downturn.
We have come a long way with your help to get a moratorium on these harmful regs - stay tuned for the final outcome!
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