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Beginning in late June, the Case Management System (CMS) took over the monitoring of thousands of adults with developmental disabilities who had been abused and neglected. The most common abusers were family members. CMS was expected to speed up investigations to end the life of child abuse. So the question remains, are all 18,000 vulnerable adults and children monitored appropriately? That question continues to haunt those who tracked the sickening patterns of neglect and abuse. Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will investigate the disturbing system in a hearing called “Covid-19: Attacking Lives at Risk”.
Whether Medicaid was mismanaged or not was always a red herring. The bottom line is that every time a foster child left an agency, someone wasn’t there to check in to see if the child was safe and if it turned out they were not safe they’d have to try again for housing and services. The former Medicaid Administrator Michael Levi testifying later in the afternoon will shed light on that failure and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.