Policy Updates

Disability Community Condemns Block Grating Medicaid Proposal

AAHD, a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), has joined the CCD in writing HHS condemning Medicaid block grant proposals, particularly in the context of COVID-19. The March 20 letter is here: PDF.

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COVID-19: Preventing Disability Discrimination if Medical Rationing

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Forces on Rights and Health co-chairs wrote HHS requesting the discrimination based on disability in emergency responses to COVID-19. The March 20 letter is here: PDF.

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Building the Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure – COVID-19 Example

AAHD has joined 90 national organizations, led by TFAH, ASTHO, NACCHO, and APHA, requesting $4.5 billion to build the nation’s PH infrastructure.  Available here are the March 20 letters to the House and Senate.

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Financial Assistance to Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations During COVID-19 Emergency

AAHD, a member of the National Health Council (NHC), has joined the NHC and 213 organizations requesting Congress, as they consider financial assistance to targeted industries, to include assistance to nonprofit organizations, including community-based organizations (CBOs). The March 20 letter is here: PDF.

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Access To Medications During COVID-19 Emergency

AAHD has joined 96 patient and disability organizations, led by EFA, requesting Congress to include access to medications in the next COVID-19 legislation. The March 20 letter is here: PDF.

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Adequate Funding for the CDC National Center for Health Statistics

AAHD has joined the Friends of NCHS in writing Congress for adequate funding. The March 13 letter is here: PDF.

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HHUD Fair Housing Proposed Rules – Inconsistent with Disability Discrimination Protections

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Housing has submitted March 16 comments to/on HUD proposed Fair Housing rules; available here: PDF.

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Responding to COVID-19 – (4) – Disability Inclusive Partnership

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has issued three statements on COVID-19. AAHD is a Partnership member and signatory. Available here are the Partnership March 3 statement, March 9 letter to the White House Task Force, and March 12 Recommendations.

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Responding to COVID-19 – (3) – Disability and Aging Collaborative

The Disability and Aging Collaborative (DAC) co-chairs sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on legislation to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. AAHD is a DAC member. The March 16 DAC letter is here:PDF.

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Responding to COVID-19 – (2) – Disability Community

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Health, LTSS and Emergency Management task force co-chairs, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on legislation to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. AAHD is a CCD member. The March 14 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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