Policy Updates

The American Association on Health and Disability plays an important role in disability policy and advocacy at the national level. AAHD strives to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities receive attention and respect on the national legislative agenda. AAHD is involved in numerous disability coalitions and networks that address the needs of people with disabilities. Please visit the Policy site to learn more about our activities in this area. AAHD staff maintain an active role in Washington, DC to ensure that health promotion and wellness for people with disabilities is on the disability and healthcare agenda. AAHD staff have positions on the APHA, Disability Section, Executive Council; the CDC, NCBDDD, Executive Committee; Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities-CCD and serve on the National Health Council; Coalition for Health Funding; Disability Rehabilitation and Research Coaltion; Coalition for Whole Health, Patient Care Primary Care Collaborative; and other coalitions advocating for policy that works towards reducing health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population and reducing the incidence of secondary conditions in children and adults with disabilities.

Behavioral Health Parity in Insurance Coverage

Available here is a Legal Action Center February parity education brochure: PDF.

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Rebates for Prescription Medications – Disability Organizations to HHS Comments

AAHD has joined members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on Health.  Available here are the April 8 CCD comments to HHS on pending prescription medication rebate issues: PDF.

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Rebates for Prescription Medications – National Health Council to HHS Comments

AAHD is a National Health Council (NHC) member. Available here are the April 8 NHC comments to HHS on pending prescription medication rebate issues: PDF.

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Adequately Funding the CDC Division on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

AAHD has joined a coalition advocating adequate funding for the CDC DNPAO. The March 20 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicaid Nursing Homes – Reimbursement Rates, Accountability, Quality

5 national advocacy associations issued an April 5 joint statement on Medicaid nursing home reimbursement, accountability, and quality dynamics. The April 5 statement is here: PDF.

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Legislation Would Integrate Substance Use Disorder and Physical Health Medical Records

AAHD has joined the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR, Part 2, supporting amendments to HIPAA to promote integrated, whole person health. The April 3 Partnership press release is here: PDF.

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Health and Human Services Federal Spending – Adequate Budget Act Ceiling

AAHD has joined the Coalition for Health Funding and 550 organizations requesting the Congress to adequately allocate budget resources for health and human services spending under the Section 302 (b) of the Congressional Budget Act. The April 1 letter is here: PDF.

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Public Health and Preventive Medicine Workforce – Adequate Funding

AAHD has joined a coalition, led by the American Collage of Preventive Medicine, requesting Congress to appropriate adequate funding for the HRSA PH & PM workforce program. The March 29 letter is here: PDF.

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Congressional Health Care Reform – Disability Advocacy Principles

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in issuing a five page statement of principles on health care reform. The March 27 statement is here: PDF.

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Advocating a 10 Year CDC Data Infrastructure Investment

AAHD has joined 80 organizations advocating a 10 year data infrastructure investment at CDC. The advocacy one page description and letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are here: PDF.

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