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Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal

Gaming Medicaid Hurts Taxpayers and the Vulnerable
June 4, 2008; Page A20

EDITOR:

You criticize efforts of Congress to place a moratorium on the administration's series of Medicaid regulations. You indicate Congress is "resisting an attempt to rein in even a Big Con that everyone acknowledges."

The Child Welfare League of America supports this regulatory delay because we are concerned about what the rules will do to children in foster care. Medicaid provides health insurance to over 28 million children, including children in our nation's foster-care system. Foster children experience a disproportionate amount of physical and mental health needs due to factors beyond their control -- genetic predispositions, maltreatment they were exposed to in the home, as well as life-altering consequences of breaking familial ties and being placed in foster care.

Medicaid Rehabilitative Services work to reduce physical and mental disabilities foster children experience as a result of abuse and neglect and keep these kids in their communities. Medicaid also covers the use of Targeted Case Management to ensure that children in foster care receive comprehensive coordinated care. The rules impacting these vital options will significantly cut federal funds and shift costs to states. The federal-state "partnership" will no longer exist and ultimately under the rules, children will lose access.

These debates are cast in financial terms, when in fact there is a greater immeasurable cost -- the cost of not providing health care and needed services to some of our most vulnerable children and families.

Christine James-Brown
President and CEO
Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, Va.


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