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Statement by Christine James-Brown, President and CEO, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Re: Moratorium on Medicaid Regulations
Date:7/1/2008

ARLINGTON, Va., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Christine James-Brown, President and CEO, CWLA:

CWLA is grateful that Congress has taken the authority and opportunity to delay the Medicaid Rehabilitative Services and Targeted Case Management (TCM) rules, as well as four other controversial rules by including a moratorium on them in the war supplemental appropriations bill. By doing so, Congress has a made a loud and clear statement that it is wrong to target the most vulnerable segments of American society. History will judge us by how well we treat our children, particularly in these uncertain economic times

CWLA believes that every child deserves a safe, loving, and stable environment, as well as coordinated, continuous, comprehensive, and culturally competent health care services. Children and youth who have been removed from their home and placed in out-of-home care experience a disproportionate amount of physical and mental health needs due to factors completely beyond their control, such as maltreatment they were exposed to in the home, and the life-altering consequences of breaking familial ties. Medicaid, offering physical and mental health services to some of our most disadvantaged, rightly steps in to provide care for children in foster care and is critical to getting these youngsters on a path to recovery.

The current Administration, however, has long been attempting to restructure Medicaid, often times with proposals that would likely limit access to much utilized and much needed services. Two of these rules in particular -- one on Medicaid Rehabilitative Services and one on Targeted Case Management (TCM) Services would have been particularly devastating to children in foster care. Rehabilitative Services help reduce physical and mental disabilities that many children in care experience as a result of abuse, neglect, or similar trauma all the while keeping the children in loving community-base
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