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.

AAHD Call to Action to Promote the All of Us Research Program to People with Disabilities

AAHD is challenging the disability community to learn about the All of Us Research Program and consider participation with a Call to Action. The All of Us Research Program is seeking to improve precision medicine and the Call to Action emphasizes the fact that All of Us is encouraging groups to participate that have been […]

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Promoting Integrated General Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2, which AAHD is a member, submitted comments to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on the use of electronic medical records. The January 28 Partnership letter to ONC is here: PDF.

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Medicare Part D Medications – Defending the Six Protected Classes (5)

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on Health, wrote CMS opposing the Administration proposed rule changes to the six medication classes currently protected under Medicare Part D.  AAHD is a CCD, TF on Health member. The January 25  CCD letter to CMS is here: PDF.

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Medicare Part D Medications – Defending the Six Protected Classes (4)

AAHD has joined the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, partnership opposing the Administration proposed rule changes to the six medication classes currently protected under Medicare Part D. The January 25  ACS/CAN partners letter to CMS is here: PDF.

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Medicare Part D Medications – Defending the Six Protected Classes (3)

AAHD has joined the Partnership for Part D Access Coalition opposing the Administration proposed rule changes to the six medication classes currently protected under Medicare Part D. The January 25 Partnership letter to CMS is here: PDF.

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Medicare Part D Medications – Defending the Six Protected Classes (2)

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx) Coalition opposing the Administration proposed rule changes to the six medication classes currently protected under Medicare Part D. The January 25 MAPRx letter to CMS is here: PDF.

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Disability Integration Act Reintroduced

From the Arc January 22 Capitol Insider: On January 15, Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reintroduced the Disability Integration Act (H.R.555/S.117). The Disability Integration Act requires states to offer community-based options. Additionally, it requires states to address the need for affordable housing. ADAPT and other advocates held a briefing on the […]

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Medicaid Managed Care – Draft CMS Rules

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on Health, submitted comments January 14 to CMS on draft Medicaid managed care rules; the comments are here: PDF.

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Medicare Part D Medications – Defending the Six Protected Classes

Available here are three resources from the Partnership for Part D Access on the current practice and Administration proposed rule changes to the six medication classes currently protected under Medicare Part D: PDF 1;  PDF 2;  PDF 3.

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Medicare Part D Medications – Addressing Beneficiary Affordability and Access

MAPRx (Medicare Access for Patients Rx) (AAHD participates) issued a report on beneficiary approaches under Medicare Part D. The report is here: PDF.

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