Policy Updates

Disaster Emergency Access for Aging and Disability

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities endorsing legislation to ensure disaster emergency assistance access to aging and disability persons. Available here are the May 31 letters to the House letter and Senate letter.

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Legal Services Corporation Assistance to Persons with Disabilities

In response to the White House proposed elimination of the Legal Services Corporation, AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) asking Congress to continue funding the program. The May 3 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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Funding the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program

AAHD has joined a coalition requesting Senate support for the CDC REACH program. The June 3 letter is here: PDF.  

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Funding Federal Programs for Respite and Family Caregiving

AAHD has joined a coalition requesting Senate support for respite and family caregiving program funding. The May 30 letter is here: PDF.

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Behavioral Health Parity in Health Insurance – Legislation Would Increase Implementation Transparency

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) endorsement of legislation to increase implementation transparency in behavioral health parity. Available here is a one page summary of the legislation and the May 21 MHLG letters to Senate and House sponsors.

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House Increases CDC REACH Program Funding

AAHD has joined a coalition thanking the House Committee on Appropriations for increasing by $16 million (to $71.95 million) the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The May 20 letter is here: PDF.

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Advocating the Reauthorization of PCORI

AAHD has joined the Friends of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute requesting PCORI reauthorization. The May 13 letters to the House and Senate are here: House PDF; Senate PDF.

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Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation – House Appropriations Requests Delay in Cut

The House Committee on Appropriations has urged the Administration to delay its announced intent to convert the current mandatory NEMT Medicaid benefit to an optional benefit. The Committee responded to a request from a national coalition, including AAHD, opposing the proposed change. Available here are the House Committee report language and the May 7 coalition […]

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Adequate Funding for Federal Respite Family Caregiver Programs

AAHD has joined a coalition of national organizations advocating annual funding of respite family caregiver programs. The April 29 letter is here: PDF.PDF

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Administration for Community Living – Proposed Reorganization and Disability Organizations Initial Reaction

Available here is the May 9 proposed ACL reorganization.  Also available is the May 10 letter of the Developmental Disabilities partners network and the blog from the Arc.  And, NCIL posted an advocacy blog here: http://www.advocacymonitor.com/information-alert-ila-reorganization-underway/

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