Policy Updates

Focus COVID-19 Testing To Vulnerable Communities

AAHD has joined 127 organizations, led by the American Diabetes Association, calling on Congress to focus COVID-19 testing in vulnerable communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The June 29 letter is here: PDF.

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Disability Concerns in Federal Nursing Home Policies

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on LTSS co-chairs, have submitted a statement to the House Committee on Ways and Means, on nursing home concerns. The June 25 statement is here: PDF.

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Oklahoma Medicaid Waiver Proposal Would Gravely Harm Persons with Disabilities – Part 2

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on Health co-chairs, have submitted comments to CMS challenging a number of proposed policy changes to Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. The June 26 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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COVID-19 and Disabilities – Priority Legislative Issues

Former Governor Tom Ridge, former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin, and former US Representative Tony Cohelo have written the US Congress asking that increased Medicaid home-and-community-based services and employment opportunities and supports for persons with disabilities be COVID-19 legislative priorities. The June 22 letter is here: PDF.

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Oklahoma Medicaid Waiver Proposal Would Gravely Harm Persons with Disabilities

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have submitted comments to CMS challenging a number of proposed policy changes to Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. The June 25 AAHD-Lakeshore letter is here: PDF.

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Eliminating Waiting Periods for Persons Determined SSDI Eligible (HR 1407 and S. 578)

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) advocating elimination of two waiting periods once a person has been determined eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – 5 months for receipt of SSDI monthly cash payments and 2 years for receiving Medicare services and supports. The June 19 CCD letter is here: […]

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Medicare Part D Medications – Realigning Incentives

MEDPAC (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission) has recommended realigning incentives in Medicare Part D; the recommendations and analysis are here: PDF.

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Adding Medical Nutrition Therapy as a Medicare Part B Benefit

AAHD has joined an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics led effort supporting expansion of Medicare Part B for targeted health conditions. The June 16 letter is here: PDF.

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Promoting COVID-19 Mental Health Related Research (HR 6645)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group endorsing HR 6645, legislation to promote COVID-19 mental health related research. The June 10 MHLG letter is here: PDF.  

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Seeking Continued Medicare Enrollment Flexibilities During COVID-19

AAHD has joined a Medicare Rights Center initiative requesting CMS to continue Medicare enrollment flexibilities while the COVID-19 crisis continues. The June 17 letter is here: PDF.

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