Policy Updates

House-Senate Opioids Legislation Agreement (2) – Integrated Medical Records Not Included

The Partnership to Amend  42 CFR Part 2 (including AAHD) issued a September 26 statement expressing extreme disappointment that the final House-Senate opioid conference agreement does “not” include the House passed provision integrating SUD and medical records; statement is here: PDF.

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House-Senate Opioids Legislation Agreement

Available here is the section-by-section analysis of the House-Senate conference committee opioids legislation: PDF.

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9 US Senators Support Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Primary Care Medical Records

Nine US Senators have written House-Senate conferees working on opioid legislation supporting a House passed bill to integrate medical records. Integration is an objective of the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2 (previously posted); AAHD is a Partnership member. The September 20 Senators letter is here: PDF.  

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Medicaid Demonstration To Build Substance Use Disorder Provider Capacity

AAHS has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) supporting a House passed provision as a House-Senate conference committee works on its opioid legislation. The September 21 letter is here: PDF.

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ACA Marketplace and Medicare Coverage Consistency & Enrollment Clarification

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Medicare Rights Center seeking consistency between Affordable Care Act and Medicare coverage. The September 20 letter to CMS is here: PDF.

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Medicaid Money Follows the Person – Reauthorization Legislation

Disability and aging coalitions, both of which AAHD belongs, have prepared a one page fact sheet on legislative reauthorization of the MFP program. The September 14 one pager is here: PDF.

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Integrating Substance Abuse Disorder and Primary Care Medical Records

The Senate passed opioid legislation does not include House passed HR 6082 integrating SUD and primary care records. The Partnership to Amend 42 CFR (with AAHD as a member) has written House Senate conferees supporting HR 6082 and advertising in Politico. Available here is the September 18 letter. September 20 ads, and the September 18-21 […]

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Medicare Part D Medication Benefit – 15th Anniversary

President George Bush joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx summit celebrating the 15th anniversary of Medicare Part D program. AAHD, a member of MAPRx, logo and mission statement were part of the celebration. The MAPRx press release is here: PDF.

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Advocating the IRS Income Tax Medical Expense Deduction

AAHD has joined an AARP led coalition advocating continuation, on a permanent basis, of the income tax medical expense deduction. The September 13 letter to the House Ways and Means Committee is here: PDF.

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Building Patient Engagement & Experience into Medicare Quality Payment Program

AAHD has joined the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance in submitting September 10 comments to CMS on the Medicare QPP program; the letter is here: PDF.

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