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 Coverage in Health Insurance

The national health evaluation and consulting firm, Milliman, has released a new national analysis of behavioral health coverage in health insurance.  Available here are the November 19 report, and a November 20 letter from former U.S. Representatives Patrick Kennedy and Jim Ramstad and the CEOs of MHA & NAMI requesting renewed Congressional examination.

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Retaining Non-Emergency Medical Transportation as a Required Medicaid Benefit (S. 2846 and HR 3935)

In response to Trump Administration proposals to make non-emergency medical transportation a state option, legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and House (S. 2846 and HR 3935) to continue NEMT as a required Medicaid benefit. AAHD has previously joined a coalition of national organizations supporting the legislation. Available here are the text of […]

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Reauthorizing PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute)

AAHD has joined a large coalition of national organizations supporting the reauthorization of PCORI. Available here are the November 4 letters to the House and Senate leadership.

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Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act

AAHD has joined leading national aging and disability organizations advocating OAA reauthorization. Available here is the November 5 letter to Congressional leaders and an earlier October 28 letter to the House leaders.

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The NIH NINDS Strategic Plan

The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) has submitted comments to/on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) draft strategic plan. AAHD is a DRDC member. The November 1 DRDC letter is here: PDF.    

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Adequately Funding the Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA)

AAHD has joined the Friends of HRSA asking Congress to adequately fund HRSA. The November 1 letter is here: PDF.

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Lifespan Respite Care – Senate Reauthorizes Federal Program

AAHD has joined a coalition of national organizations supporting the Senate reauthorization of national respite programs. The October 31 letter is here: PDF.

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Person-Patient Reported Quality Measurement

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have submitted comments to/on the National Quality Forum draft environmental scan report for public comment on “patient reported outcomes.” The October 29 letter is here: PDF.

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Integrating Health/Medical with Substance Use Disorder Records to Integrate Services and Supports

AAHD has joined the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2 in commenting to SAMHSA on proposed rules on record confidentiality. The October 25 comments are here: PDF.

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CDC Annual Appropriations

AAHD has joined the CDC Coalition requesting solid CDC funding in any House-Senate conference committee. Available here are the October 23 letters to the House and Senate.

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