Policy Updates

Responding to COVID-19 – Assisting Non-Profit Organizations

As the Congress and Administration consider assisting targeted industries in responding to COVID-19, the National Health Council has asked Congress to include nonprofit organizations. AAHD is a NHC member. Available here is the March 11 letter to Congress: PDF.

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HRSA Maternal and Child Health Appropriations

AAHD has led an AMCHP led coalition advocating MCH appropriations; the March 10 letter is here: PDF.

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Recognizing and Documenting the Role of Direct Support Professionals (HR 6045 and S. 3369)

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Long-Term Services and Supports endorsing legislation (HR 6045 and S 3369) authorizing the Department of Labor to collect data on DSPs. The March 6 letters are here: House; Senate.

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CMS Pushes Medicare Generic Alternatives – Even Non-Equivalents – Over Brand Name Medications for Persons with Serious Illnesses

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx) Coalition requesting CMS to “not” push generic alternatives, particularly non-equivalents, over brand name medications for persons with serious illnesses and conditions. The March 6 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicare Advantage Plans – Applying Health Outcomes Measures to Persons Under the Age of 65 Years

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have submitted comments to CMS supporting their proposal that Medicare Advantage Plans conduct and report Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) Measures to persons under the age of 65 years. The March 6 AAHD-Lakeshore letter is here: PDF.

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Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment and General Health Medical Records

AAHD is a member of the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2, to allow the integration of SUD and general health medical records. Legislation led by Senators Moore Capito and Manchin (both of West Virginia) would allow an easier integration of such records. Available here is the Partnership letter to the Senators, the Partnership […]

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ACA Notice of Proposed Benefits and Payments (4) – Patient Advocacy Groups (Voluntary Health Agencies)

The March 2 National Health Council (NHC) letter commenting on proposed ACA (Affordable Care Act) notice on benefits and payments is here: PDF.  AAHD is a member of the NHC.

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ACA Notice of Proposed Benefits and Payments (3) – Disability Community

The March 3 Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force in Health co-chairs letter commenting on proposed ACA (Affordable Care Act) notice on benefits and payments is here: PDF.  AAHD is a member of the CCD Task Force on Health.

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ACA Notice of Proposed Benefits and Payments (2) – Rehabilitation Benefits

AAHD has joined the Coalition To Preserve Rehabilitation commenting on proposed ACA (Affordable Care Act) notice on benefits and payments. The March 2 CPR  letter to HHS is here: PDF.  

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ACA Notice of Proposed Benefits and Payments (1) – Habilitation Benefits

AAHD has joined the Habilitation Benefits Coalition commenting on proposed ACA (Affordable Care Act) notice on benefits and payments. The March 2 HAB Coalition letter to HHS is here: PDF.

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