Policy Updates

Adequately Funding the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AAHD has joined the Friends of AHRQ requesting Congress to adequately fund AHRQ. The March 7 letters to the House and Senate are here: House; Senate.

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Health Reform – Advocating Behavioral Health Parity and Integrated Delivery, Insurance Market Stability

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) advocating three areas of health reform in response to a request for ideas from the Senate Committee on HELP. AAHD is a MHLG member. The March 1 letter is here: PDF.

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Opposing Medicare Part D & Medicare Advantage Medication Access Restrictions

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx) opposing “step therapy” and complex formularies and tiers proposed by CMS. The March 1 letter to CMS is here: PDF.  

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Adequately Funding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AAHD has joined the CDC Coalition requesting Congress to adequately fund CDC programs. The March 4 letter is here: PDF.

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Promoting Integrated Substance Use Disorder-General Heath/Medical Records

The Partnership To Amend 42 CFR, Part 2,  responded to a Senate Committee on HELP request for ideas addressing rising health care costs by advocating integrated SUD-health records. AAHD is a Partnership member. The March 1 letter to the HELP Committee is here: PDF.

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Medicare For All Proposals and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

The Leadership Council for Aging Organizations (LCAO) conducted a February 26 briefing on Medicare for All proposals. Available here are the Kaiser Family Foundation overview and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law LTSS implications presentation slides:

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Promoting Bi-Directional Integrated Behavioral & General Health Care Delivery

AAHD has joined No Health without Mental Health in responding to the Senate Committee on HELP request for ideas to address rising health care costs by advocating bi-directional integrated behavioral and general health care delivery. Our February 26 letter is here: PDF.

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Opposing New York’s Proposed Use of Quality-Adjusted-Life-Years (QALY)

AAHD has joined Cancer Care and the Partnership To Improve Patient Care (PIPC) opposing NY’s Drug Utilization Review Board proposed use of QALY. The Feb 22 letter is here: PDF.  

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Adequately Funding the CDC National Center for Environmental Health

AAHD has joined a coalition asking Congress to adequately fund the CDC NCEH. The February 26 letter is here: PDF.

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ACA Benefits and Payments – Draft HHS on People with Health Challenges (3)

The National Health Council submitted comments to HHS on proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefit and payment parameters. AAHD is a NHC member. The Feb 19 NHC letter is here: PDF.

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