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.

Medicaid Money Follows the Person Program – Effort To Legislatively Reauthorize (2)

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) requesting that the Medicaid MFP program, and spousal impoverishment protections in Medicaid HCBS services,  be reauthorized. The December 12 CCD-LCAO  letter is here: PDF.

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Medicaid Money Follows the Person Program – Effort To Legislatively Reauthorize

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) requesting that the Medicaid MFP program be reauthorized.  Availabel here are the December 10 CCD letter and the November 29 Jewish Federations of North America MFP webinar slides.  

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Improving Maternal Health and Reducing Maternal Mortality (HR 1318)

AAHD has joined a coalition of public health advocates encouraging the House of Representatives to pass maternal health legislation. The December 10 letter is here: PDF.

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Pandemic & All Hazards Preparedness Legislation

AAHD has joined a coalition of public health organizations supporting legislation (S. 2852 & HR 6378) strengthening public health preparedness. The December 5 letter to Congressional leaders on PAHPAI is here: PDF.

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Senator Hirono Introduces Health Equity & Accountability Act (HEAA)

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced S. 3660, HEAA. Available here are the NHeLP press release on the bill’s introduction and the May 15 HEAA coalition support letter,  including AAHD: PDF.

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Legislation To Expand Medicare Payment of Wheelchairs & Othoses

The ITEM (Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid) Coalition has written letters supporting 3 legislative bills to enhance Medicare. AAHD is an ITEM Coalition member. Available here: Nov 19 letter on HR 3730, wheelchair accessories; Nov 19 letter on titanium wheelchairs; and Nov 28 on soon to be introduced legislation on properly fitting orthoses: […]

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Opioid Legislation – Detailed Summary by NASADAD

Available here is a detailed summary of the opioid legislation by the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors: PDF.

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Shared Decision Making Guidance in Medicare and Medicaid

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research requesting CMS to collaborate and rely on work by the National Quality Forum to further shared decision making. The November 13 letter is here: PDF.

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Reducing Maternal Mortality (HR 1318/S. 1112)

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Friends of CDC’s NCBDDD, March of Dimes, AMCHP and others asking Congressional passage of legislation to reduce maternal mortality. The November 14 letter is here: PDF.

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Surgeon General Report on Health & the Economy: Promoting the Integration of Behavioral Health and General Health

AAHD has endorsed the comments of No Health Without Mental Health (NHMH) encouraging the U.S. Surgeon General to prioritize the integration of behavioral health, primary care, and general health. AAHD’s October 31 comments are here: PDF.

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