Our friends at the National Council on Community Behavioral Health
(NCCBH) report that on February 26, the full Senate passed the Indian
Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 (S 1200), which contained
an amendment that would prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) from issuing Medicaid Targeted Case Management
Regulations until 2009.
Targeted case management is a service for the most severely disabled
persons with developmental disabilities and mental disorders that allows
individualized service coordination. The Bush Administration has been
working at significantly reducing this service for several years.
House companion legislation (HR 1328), sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone,
Jr. (D-NJ), is not yet through the committee process. Even if the
legislation passes both chambers of Congress, President Bush has
indicated that he will likely veto it.
Read more about targeted case management in our Key Issues section
Posted March 3, 2008