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.

Senators Introduce Legislation To Update Public Health Data Infrastructure

Available here are a one page summary, legislative text, and a public health coalition statement on Senate legislation to update PH data infrastructure.

Read More »»

Administration for Community Living – Proposed Reorganization and Disability Organizations Concerns  (2)

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is expressing concern to ACL about the proposed reorganization of ACL. In May, we posted background information on the proposal.  The June 7 CCD letter is here: PDF.

Read More »»

Access to Prescription Medications – Disability Community Principles

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in stating principles for access to prescription medications in health reform. The June 10 statement is here: PDF.

Read More »»

Medicare Prescription Medications – Beneficiary Protections and Improvements

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx coalition suggesting legislative improvements to Medicare Part D medications. The June 6 MAPRx letter is here: PDF.

Read More »»

Behavioral Health Parity in Health Insurance – Legislation Would Increase Implementation Transparency (3)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) endorsement of legislation to increase implementation transparency in behavioral health parity. This is our third AAHD web site posting with MHLG letters.  Available here are June 5 and June 6  MHLG letters to both House and Senate leaders: PDF.

Read More »»

Making the Federal Income Tax Medical Expense Deduction Permanent (HR 2073; S. 110)

AAHD has joined an AARP led coalition supporting legislation to make the medical expense deduction permanent. The June 6 letters to House and Senate are here: House pdf;  Senate pdf.

Read More »»

Reauthorizing Family-to-Family Info Centers (HR 2822)

AAHD has joined a coalition of organizations endorsing a 5 year reauthorization of family-to-family info centers. The June 3 letter is here: PDF.

Read More »»

Promoting Integration of Behavioral Health and Physical Health/Primary Care

AAHD has joined 3 other national mental health organizations, led by No Health Without Mental Health, advocating integration of behavioral health and physical health when considering health care cost implications. The June 4 letter to the Senate HELP Committee is here: PDF.

Read More »»

Behavioral Health Parity in Health Insurance – Legislation Would Increase Implementation Transparency (2)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) endorsement of legislation to increase implementation transparency in behavioral health parity. This is the second MHLG letter, previously posted.  Available here is the May 30 MHLG letter to Senate sponsors.

Read More »»

Disaster Relief in Medicaid

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities endorsing legislation to ensure Medicaid services and supports continue when an emergency disaster strikes. Available here are the May 31 CCD letters to the House and Senate.

Read More »»