Medicaid TCM Morator

Medicaid Targeted Case Management Moratorium Passes in Senate; House Version Not Yet Out of Committee

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 on Healthcare.

Posted March 3, 2008