Maternal and Child Health
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently engaged in a policy initiative that should serve as a reminder of the power of a single federal administrative agency to change the course of national health policy. Through a virtual deluge of regulations and policy issuances, CMS has sought to redirect the course of Medicaid; in a number of respects, the course that CMS has sought to chart for the program is not only poorly thought out and ill-considered, but would actually propel the program in a direction directly contrary to both longstanding federal statutory provisions and recent decisions by Congress to reject precisely the same direction when presented by CMS as a statutory proposal.
Rosenbaum, S. (2008). CMS' Medicaid regulations: Implications for children with special health care needs. Washington, D.C.: America's Promise Alliance.