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.

Maintaining the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for Persons with Disabilities

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is advocating with House-Senate conferees a strong SNAP program. The August 14 CCD letter is here: PDF.

Persons with Serious Mental Illness – Quality Measurement

AAHD has joined the Council for Quality and Leadership, Human Services Research Institute, Lakeshore Foundation, and No Health Without Mental Health is submitting a collaborative statement of quality measurement issues to the National Quality Forum. The August 9 statement is here: PDF.

Medicare Payment of Power Wheel Chair Seat Elevation & Standing Feature

AAHD has joined the ITEM (Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid) Coalition requesting Medicare coverage of power wheel chair features. The three August 7 letters to HHS & CMS are here: PDF.

Defining “Patient-Centeredness” Criteria in CMS Medicare and Medicaid Innovations

AAHD has joined 50 organizations led by the Partnership To Improve Patient Care (PIPC) proposing “patient-centeredness” criteria in the work of the CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The August 2 letter is here: PDF.

ACA Short-Term Limited Duration Health Insurance Plans

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) task force on health issued an August 2 statement on the Administration’s final STLD plan rules; the statement is here: PDF.  

Olmstead Supreme Court Decision, Home and Community-Based Services, and Role of the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Concern with ACL senior leadership statements about Olmstead and HCBS services and settings has generated letters from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) (including AAHD),  a US Senator disability policy leader, and 3 U.S. House members who are disability policy leaders. The three letters are here as well as the July 26 ACL blog… Read More »»

Mental Health Services for Students (S 3337)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) in supporting S. 3337 – Mental Health Services for Students. The August 2 letter is here: PDF.

AAHD Joins Concerns over Navigator Funding Cuts

AAHD has signed a letter along with the American Heart Association and 190 other organizations. The letter is addressed to HHS and CMS expressing concerns with the decision to cut the navigator funding for health insurance enrollment in the ACA Marketplaces. The letter is here: PDF.

Social Security Disability Appeals

Available here is the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) July 25 testimony to the House Committee on Ways and Means: PDF.

Expanding the Age of Eligibility for ABLE (S 817/HR 1874)

AAHD has signed a Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) letter to Congressional leaders supporting expanding the age eligibility for the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program. Available here are the CCD letter and a two page fact sheet on the legislation. here: