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 FMAP – Senate Bill S. 4108 and Disability Community Support for Increases During COVID-19

A number of Senate Democrats, led by Senator Casey (PA), have introduced legislation (S. 4108) to increase the Medicaid FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) task forces on LTSS & Health co-chairs have endorsed the legislation. AAHD is an active member of both CCD task […]

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Medicaid HCBS Funding – Disability Community Providers Senate COVID-19 Request

A collaborative of disability community providers has asked the Senate to increase Medicaid home-and-community-based services (HCBS) funding during the COVID-19 crisis. The July 9 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicaid FMAP – Governors – Big 7 County & City Associations Push Senate for Increase During COVID-19

The National Governors Association, associations of counties and cities, and leading health organizations have asked the Senate to increase Medicaid FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) rate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The July 10 letter is here: PDF.  

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Extending the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Set To Expire July 25)

AAHD has joined a health and public health network, led by the American Society for Microbiology, asking that the current national COVID-19 public health emergency be extended from the current expiration of July 25 for an additional 90 days. The July 10 letter is here: PDF.

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Senate COVID-19 Legislative Package – Disability Community Recommendations

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Health, including AAHD, has recommended policies to be included in the next Senate COVID-19 legislative package. The July 6 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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Disability Status Data Collection on CMS Nursing Home and Congregate Facilities COVID-19 Reporting (2)

The co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)  submission to CMS on the need for more complete regulation of COVID-19 in nursing homes and congregate care facilities endorsed previously submitted comments by AAHD, the Lakeshore Foundation, and the National Consumer Voice for Quality LTC. The […]

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Supporting the Expertise and Role of CDC and Public Health Agencies

AAHD has joined a coalition of 350 organizations, led by TFAH and the leading public health agencies, reinforcing the expertise and role of CDC and PH agencies. The July 1 statement is here: PDF.  For the the July 7 TFAH press release, click here.

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COVID-19 and Preparing for the Next Pandemic

The National Health Council (NHC) has submitted a statement to and in response to the Senate Committee on HELP white paper on preparing for the next pandemic. AAHD is a NHC member. The NHC June 26 statement is here: PDF.

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Disability Status Data Collection on CMS Nursing Home and Congregate Facilities COVID-19 Reporting

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have submitted comments to CMS on disability status data collection in Medicaid and Medicare COVID-19 reporting in Nursing Homes and other Congregate Facilities. The July 5 letter is here: PDF.

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Lifespan Respite Care Program Funding

AAHD has joined 53 organizations, led by the National Respite Coalition, advocating appropriations for the federal respite care program. The July 2 letter is here: PDF.

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