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.

AAHD Joins Letter Opposing Expansion of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans

AAHD has joined a coalition of 80 organizations led by the Kennedy Forum in supporting the lawsuit filed challenging the Trump Administration’s rules authorizing broader use of short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans. Letter available here.

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2019 Medicare Prescription Drug Annual Open Enrollment – Advocate Brochure

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx) (page 9) in issuing a brochure on 2019 enrollment; the brochure is here: PDF.

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House-Senate Opioids Agreement (3) – NASMHPD-NASADAD-NCBH Summaries

Available here are the NASMHPD-NASADAD-NCBH summaries of the Congressional Conference Committee opioids legislation: PDF.

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Medicaid Personal Care and Home Health Services – Electronic Visit Verification (EEV)

Co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on LTSS, have written CMS seeking clearer guidance on how to implement EEV obligations. AAHD is a CCD LTSS member. The September 28 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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Week of October 2, 2018

Creating Better Systems of Care for Adults with Disabilities: Lessons for Policy and Practice” September 25 Commonwealth Fund report Learn more here. Achieving Value in Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Care: Considerations for Managed Long Term Services & Supports Programs September 18 Center for Health Care Strategies guide Learn more here. CDC Annual Report – Health, United States, […]

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Concerns with Proposed “Step Therapy” in Medicare Advantage Plans

AAHD has joined the National Health Council and American Cancer Society led coalition expressing opposing to a proposed Medicare Advantage Plan rule allowing “step therapy.” The September 26 letter is here: PDF.

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House-Senate Opioids Legislation Agreement (2) – Integrated Medical Records Not Included

The Partnership to Amend  42 CFR Part 2 (including AAHD) issued a September 26 statement expressing extreme disappointment that the final House-Senate opioid conference agreement does “not” include the House passed provision integrating SUD and medical records; statement is here: PDF.

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House-Senate Opioids Legislation Agreement

Available here is the section-by-section analysis of the House-Senate conference committee opioids legislation: PDF.

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9 US Senators Support Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Primary Care Medical Records

Nine US Senators have written House-Senate conferees working on opioid legislation supporting a House passed bill to integrate medical records. Integration is an objective of the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2 (previously posted); AAHD is a Partnership member. The September 20 Senators letter is here: PDF.  

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Medicaid Demonstration To Build Substance Use Disorder Provider Capacity

AAHS has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) supporting a House passed provision as a House-Senate conference committee works on its opioid legislation. The September 21 letter is here: PDF.

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