Policy Updates

Required Data Collection to Support Essential Health Benefits for Persons with Disabilities

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurance exchanges ensure that all health plans sold in such exchanges provide 10 categories of “essential health benefits.” AAHD is a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). On July 5, CCD wrote the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing data collection elements […]

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Federally Faciliated Health Insurance Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) intends to have health insurance exchanges in every state. States may operate their own exchanges with federal funds. If states choose not to operate their own exchanges, the federal government will operate these exchanges. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilites (CCD) wrote CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) suggesting […]

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Principles When Using Managed Care for Persons with Disabilities in State Medicaid Programs

AAHD has joined 33 other national associations through the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in proposing detailed principles when a state proposes to use or uses managed care approaches to serving persons with disabilities. AAHD was actively involved in developing the principles. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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What Is a Community-Based Setting?

For a decade, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has published interim definitions of “community-based setting” and “home-and-community-based setting” applicable to Medicaid funding. On May 3, 2012, CMS published another interim definition, with public comments sought. April 2011 was the last previously issued interim definition with requested public comment. Any definition of “community-based […]

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Sequestration Impact on Public Health Programs

On July 6, the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) wrote the Secretary of HHS asking for a statement of impact on public health programs. AAHD is one of 76 national organization CHF members. Sequestration is the automatic spending reduction mechanism that will take affect January 1, 2013, unless Congress acts otherwise. Estimates publicly made are […]

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Tobacco Cessation as an “Essential Health Benefit”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires 10 “essential health benefits” (EHB) offered by health insurance exchange plans. Within these categories and between these categories there is regulatory confusion. On July 5, AAHD joined an American Lung Association led, 17 organization letter to HHS, requesting inclusion of tobacco cessation programs as an EHB. The letter is available […]

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Accessibility Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

AAHD and 51 other organizations have joined DREDF (Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund) submitting recommended technical specificiations for accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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Claims of Savings for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicaid and Medicare

On June 27, AAHD joined 20 other national organizations and many state organizations in writing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing concerns that expected savings in CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) demonstrations for persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid may be over-promised. The letter, led by Community Catalyst, is […]

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Patient-Family Involvement in Outcomes Research Institute

On June 18, the National Health Council (NHC) suggested processes for involving patients and their organizations in the work of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI was established by the Affordable Care Act. AAHD is a member of the NHC. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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State Health Insurance Commissioner Role in Mental Health Parity Enforcement

On June 22, AAHD joined 25 national organizations and 118 state and local organizations asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to clarify that state health insurance commissioners have authority to enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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