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 – Assuring Access To Services Rule

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submitting comments to CMS on proposed rules regulating access to Medicaid services. The September 13 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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Supporting Legislation To Improve the Quality of Health for Moms and Babies (S. 1960 and HR 1551)

AAHD has joined 40 national organizations, led by the March of Dimes, endorsing the Quality of Care for Moms and Babies Act (S. 1960 and HR 1551). The September 10 letters of endorsement are here: S. 1960 and HR 1551.  

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Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage (2)

AAHD has joined 370 organizations supporting legislation (HR 3107) to limit the use of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage programs. The Sept 9 letter is here: PDF.  

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Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage

The Coalition To Preserve Rehabilitation steering committee has endorsed legislation (HR 3107) to limit the use of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage programs. AAHD is a CPR member. The Sept 6 letter is here: PDF.  

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Rehabilitation Community on Home Health Payment Innovations

The Coalition To Preserve Rehabilitation steering committee has endorsed HR 2573 and S 433, legislation to innovate home health payments. AAHD is a member of the CPR. The Sept 9 CPR letter is here: PDF.

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CMS Proposed Home Health Regulations

AAHD has joined the Coalition To Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) commenting to/on CMS proposed home health rules. The September 9 CPR letter is here: PDF.  

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CMS Proposed Nursing Home Regulations Would Reduce Resident Rights and Welfare

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have submitted comments to CMS on proposed regulations to reduce the rights and welfare of nursing home residents. The comments reinforce the initiatives of the National Consumer Voice, Justice in Aging, and other resident and advocate organizations. The September 7 jointly submitted comments are here: PDF.

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Integrating General Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment – SAMHSA Announced Proposed Rules

AAHD, as a member of the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR, Part 2, has expressed its appreciation to SAMHSA to align SUD medical records with HIPAA, to encourage integration of general health care with SUD treatment. The August 23 Partnership statement, as an initial response to SAMHSA proposed rules, is here: PDF.

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Affordable Care Act – Preventing Discrimination in Health Insurance Coverage (3) – Disability Community Comments

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) expressing concern to/on HHS regulations on discrimination prevention under the Affordable Care Act. The August 13 comments are available here: PDF.

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State Attorneys General – Promote Integrated SUD & General Health Records; Repeal Medicaid IMD Exclusion

The National Association of (State) Attorneys General have written the U.S. Congress recommending that existing substance use disorder health records regulations (42 CFR Part 2) be replaced and that the existing Medicaid IMD (institutions for mental diseases) exclusion be repealed. The August 5 letter is here: PDF.

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