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.

CMS Medicaid Core Quality Measures: LTSS and HCBS

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have submitted comments to CMS & Mathematica on a draft report for public comment on Medicaid core quality measures. Our focus are long term services and supports and home and community-based services. The July 16 AAHD-Lakeshore letter and July 8 draft CMS-Mathematica report are here: PDF.

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Increasing the Role of Self-Advocates in the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

AAHD has joined a coalition requesting that the pending House Autism CARES legislation be amended to enhance the role of self-advocates. The July 10 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicare Beneficiary Eligibility Notification (HR 2477)

AAHD has joined a Medicare Rights Center led coalition endorsement of strengthened Medicare Beneficiary Eligibility and Notification (BENES; HR 2477). The June 29 letter is here: PDF.

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Establishing a Solid CDC Data Infrastructure

AAHD has joined a coalition of 90 public health organizations asking the Senate Appropriations leaders to match House enacted appropriations to establish a solid CDC data infrastructure. The June 27 letter is here: PDF.

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Newborn Screening Health Reauthorization Programs

AAHD has joined a March of Dimes led coalition supporting legislation to reauthorize newborn screening programs. The June 24 letter to House leaders is here: PDF.

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Medicare Prescription Medication Reforms (5)

The National Health Council (NHC), an organization that AAHD belongs to, submitted comments to the House of Representatives on Medicare Part D prescription medication issues. We previously posted 2 statements on June 11 and 2 statements on April 9. The June 6 NHC statement is here: PDF.

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Annual Funding of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

AAHD has joined the CDC Coalition requesting the U.S. Senate to match House passed appropriations for CDC. The June 21 letter is here: PDF.

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Disability Impact of Proposed Calculation of the U.S. Poverty Definition

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submitting comments to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on calculation of the U.S. poverty measure. The June 21 CCD letter is here: PDF.  

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Complex Rehabilitation Technology as a Medicare Benefit

AAHD has joined the ITEM (Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid) Coalition promoting complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) as a separate Medicare benefit and improving access to such Medicare benefits. Three June 21 ITEM letters (two to the House and one to the Senate) are here: PDF.

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Health Quality – Reauthorization of the National Quality Forum (NQF)

AAHD has joined over 140 national organizations supporting HR 3031, NQF reauthorization legislation. The June 20 Friends of NQF letter is here: PDF.

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