Policy Updates

Habilitation Coalition Including AAHD Issues Position Statement

AAHD has joined 22 other national disability organizations issuing a position statement explaining the importance of habilitation services and supports for persons with disabilities. The statement is available for download: PDF.

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AAHD Joins 89 Other National Association CEOs on PH Fund

Roberta Carlin has joined 89 sister national organization CEOs in writing the “Super Committee” authorized under the current Deficit Control process, advocating funding maintenance for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The letter is is available for download: PDF.

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AAHD Advocates Health Exchange Access by Persons with Disabilities

On September 27, AAHD submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting that rules governing health insurance exchanges authorized under the Affordable Care Act be accessible to persons with disabilities. AAHD emphasized three areas – Consumer Navigator services, health plan provider network adequacy, and essential community providers. AAHD’s comments are available for download: PDF. AAHD also joined the comments […]

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Senate Committee Rejects CDC Disability Program Consolidation; House Members Oppose Consolidation

On September 22, the Senate Committee on Appropriations issued its fiscal year 2012 Department of Health and Human Services appropriations and report. The Committee rejected the proposed NCBDDD/CDC (National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) consolidation of CDC disability programs. Attached are the four pages on NCBDDD from the Committee report. On September 13, […]

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Make Disability Part of the Judicial Nomination Process

On September 19, AAHD joined 104 other national organizations encouraging the White House counsel to make disability part of judicial nomination diversity considerations. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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AAHD Joins 41 Organizations Opposing CDC Disability Program Consolidations

AAHD has joined 10 other national disability organizations opposing the proposed consolidation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disability programs. The “Disability Partner Coalition” letter sent to Congressional Appropriations Committees’ members is available for download: PDF. AAHD also joined the 31 organization Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) letter opposing the CDC disability program consolidation. The DRRC letter is available […]

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AAHD Joins 32 Organizations To Improve Medicare Screening

On August 18, AAHD joined 32 other national organizations submitting Coalition for Whole Health comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve Medicare screening for depression and alcohol abuse. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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AAHD Comments to HHS on Disability Data Collection Standards

In response to proposed disability data collection standards to help document and overcome disparities, AAHD submitted comments on July 27. AAHD worked with a coalition of disability organizations in drafting these comments. Available for download: PDF.

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72 Disability Organizations Request Protections for Disabled Children on SSI

AAHD has joined 63 other national disability organizations asking the President to preserve Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for children with mental disorders. The letter is available for download: PDF. On July 19, 72 national disability organizations appealed to the U.S. Senate to protect such children. The letter is available for download: PDF. On November 22, AAHD joined 69 disability, […]

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Improving Services to Medicaid-Medicare Dual Eligible People

AAHD and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Health submitted July 11 comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to enhance integrated services for persons dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. These persons have significant health care needs. Download: AAHD letter on this alignment initiative CCD letter

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