THE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP AIMS TO HAVE THE CHIP BILL ON THE FLOOR THIS TUESDAY -We want our rehab reg. moratorium included
MAKE YOUR PHONE CALLS NOW/ASAP, AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. URGE SENATORS CLINTON AND SCHUMER TO INCLUDE THE MORATORIUM ON CMS PROPOSED REHABILITATION REGULATIONS (ELIMINATING MEDICAID FOR HABILITATION SERVICES) IN THE SENATE VERSION OF CHIP (Children?s Health Insurance Program) REAUTHORIZATION – S. 1893.
Tell them: The House bill (HR 3162) to reauthorize the Children?s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) includes a moratorium to stop regulations proposed by the Bush Administration which eliminate federal Medicaid for habilitation services. These regulations would be devastating to many individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities served in New York State. Therefore, we strongly support the moratorium.
Unfortunately, the Senates version of CHIP reauthorization (S. 1893) does not include the moratorium on these regulations.
Please fight for inclusion of the moratorium in the Senate bill. Protect the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.
REMEMBER: PROPOSED CMS REGULATIONS WILL STOP MEDICAID FUNDING FOR HABILITATION SERVICES RENDERED OUTSIDE OF HCBS WAIVER PROGRAMS AND ICFs if they are implemented as scheduled in January.
CMS has published regulations (42 CFR Parts 440 and 441, published August 13, page 45201) which, if finalized, will deny federal Medicaid for Day Treatment, Article 16 Clinics and long term developmental disabilities habilitative therapies in Article 28 clinics. The regulations will badly undermine the ability to provide medical and dental in clinics, given fixed pricing methodologies. Habilitation services include, ie, OT, PT, Speech, Psychological, Rehabilitation counseling.
(Note: I use the term mental retardation in the message above because it is politically potent, gets the point across quickly and this is an emergency situation.)
Thank you to Ben Golden of NYSARC for providing this information. This is the first attempt to make inroads on services to those with intellectual disabilities. We cannot let it pass.