Policy Updates

Disability Community-AAHD-Oppose Medicaid Block Granting

To maintain an essential support for persons with disabilities, AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) opposing the House leadership proposal to block grant the Medicaid program. The April 8, 2011 CCD letter is available for download: PDF. On May 13,CCD, including AAHD, wrote U.S. Congressional leaders on proposed arbitrary spending cuts. The May 13 letter is available […]

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AAHD and Others Advocate ACO Recognition of Disability

Part of the Affordable Care Act’s service system delivery reforms is establishment of “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs) for Medicare beneficiaries. AAHD wrote the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 6 recommending special precautions and provisions to ensure that persons with disabilities are appropriately served by ACOs. AAHD’s letter is available for download: PDF. AAHD also endorsed more […]

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Disability Access – Service Dogs at VA Facilities

AAHD has joined other members of the Consortium for Citizens for Disabilities (CCD) endorsing legislation to allow veterans using service dogs to have those dogs at VA facilities. The May 20, 2011 letter is available for download: PDF. On May 26, CCD and AAHD endorsed legislation to offer veterans with disabilities opportunties to become service dog trainers at VA facilities. The […]

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Affordable Care Act Supports States in Strengthening Community Living

Nationally, $4.3 billion in new funds announced to help establish and expand community-based alternatives to institutional long term care (February 22, 2011). Read press release. On May 2, 2011, AAHD joined 48 other national organizations, led by the American Heart Association, advocating maintencance of grants to the states to establish health benefit exchanges. The letter is available for download: PDF.

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AAHD Promotes Child Fitness

AAHD has joined 73 other national organizations and many local-state-regional organizations in endorsing the “Fitness Integrated with Technology (FIT)” Act (S. 576/H.R. 1057). The legislation promotes child health with a focus on childhood obesity. A copy of the coalition letter sent to the House of Representatives is attached. The April 14, 2011 letter is available for […]

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AAHD Seeks to Improve School Nutrition

To further our mission to improve health, AAHD has joined the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) supporting recently announced regulations to enhance the nutritional quality of school meals. The April 13, 2011 letter is available for download: PDF.

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Promoting CDC’s Important Public Health and Disability Role

AAHD has joined 89 other national organizations in promoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) important role in public health and disability. The CDC Coalition April 4, 2011 letter promoting these roles is available for download: PDF.

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Preventing Suicide

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith suicide prevention programs. The April 5, 2011 MHLG letter to the four U.S. Senator co-sponsors of the legislation, S. 740 is available for download: PDF.

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Combating Autism

AAHD has joined other members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in advocating the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act. The April 2 CCD letter is available for download: PDF, as well as the May 26th letter: PDF

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Importance of the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Roberta Carlin joined 54 other health organization CEOs asking the President to maintain the Prevention and Public Health Fund. A copy of the April 1, 2011 letter facilitated by the Trust for America’s Health is available for download: PDF

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