Policy Updates

Workplace Wellness Programs and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Rights co-chairs submitted June 11 to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) public meeting a public statement on workplace wellness programs and the ADA; the statement is here: PDF.

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COVID-19 Senate Legislative Package – Disability Community Focus on Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Services

AAHD, a member of both the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Disability and Aging Collaborative (DAC), has joined 252 organizations in a combined CCD-DAC letter to Senate leaders asking for Senate action on COVID-19 with a focus on Medicaid HCBS. The June 15 CCD-DAC letter is here: PDF.

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Promoting and Expanding Tele-Mental Health (S. 3792)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) support for Senators Smith (MN) and Murkowski (AK) legislation (S. 3792) expanding Tele-Mental Health. The June 1 letter is here: PDF.

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COVID-19: 80 House Members Call for Supporting Underserved Communities, Including Mental Health & SUD Services

80 House members have written Congressional leaders to increase support for COVID-19 services and supports in underserved communities. The June 5 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicare Proposed Nursing Home Payment Rule Would Reduce Availability of Therapies

The Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) steering committee submitted comments to CMS concerned that proposed payment rules would reduce the availability of therapy. AAHD is a CPR member. CPR also calls for a quarterly data collection and reporting on therapy utilization and patient outcomes. The June 9 CPR letter is here: PDF.

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Medicare and Medicaid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Flexibilities

The National Health Council (NHC) submitted comments to CMS on new and needed Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities. AAHD is a NHC member. The NHC letter emphasizes flexibilities to expand home-based services and supports; telehealth expansions; protect consumers against increased out-of-pocket obligations; and access to affordable health insurance coverage. The June 9 NHC letter is here: […]

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Hospital Visit Policies Must Accommodate Persons with Disabilities – HHS OCR Announcement

Resolving complaints against the state of Connecticut, the HHS Office of Civil Rights announced June 9 a policy of nondiscrimination and accommodation in hospital visit policies. Three national disability organizations and CT disabilities organizations brought the complaints. Available here are the June 9 OCR announcement and the June 9 statement of the Arc, CPR, and […]

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COVID-19, Nursing Home Protection, Includes Disability Status Data Collection and Reporting

136 members of the US Senate and House wrote HHS and CMS detailing proposed protections of nursing home residents and staff. The letter calls on a COVID-19 data collection and reporting effort that includes disability status. The June 5 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicare Part D – “Protected Medications Classes” – Costs and Utilization Management

The Medicare Part D program attempts to “protect” from access barriers and high beneficiary out-of-pocket costs six therapeutic medication classes. These are important to many persons with disabilities.  Available here are two studies, both funded by pharmaceutical companies – one on per-patient-per-month costs and the other on the impact of “utilization” management.

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Serving Medicaid Eligible Children with Medically Complex Conditions – Across State Lines

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submitting comments to CMS on their RFI on serving targeted children across state lines. The June 3 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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