Policy Updates

Medical Expense Deduction – Federal Income Tax (HR 2073 and S. 110)

AAHD has a joined a coalition led by AARP supporting making the federal income tax medical expense deduction permanent. The December 4 letters to the House and Senate are here: House letter; Senate letter.

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Non-Invasive Ventilators – Legislation (HR 4945)

AAHD has joined the ITEM (Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid) Coalition supporting legislation increasing access to ventilators. The December 2 letter is here: PDF.

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Legislation Enhancing Access to Medicare Medications  – (2) – Senate Version

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Health, writing the Senate Committee on Finance on prescription medication pricing with an emphasis on access to Medicare medications). AAHD is a CCD Health Task Force member. The November 27 letter is here: PDF.

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Behavioral Health Coverage in Health Insurance

The national health evaluation and consulting firm, Milliman, has released a new national analysis of behavioral health coverage in health insurance.  Available here are the November 19 report, and a November 20 letter from former U.S. Representatives Patrick Kennedy and Jim Ramstad and the CEOs of MHA & NAMI requesting renewed Congressional examination.

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Retaining Non-Emergency Medical Transportation as a Required Medicaid Benefit (S. 2846 and HR 3935)

In response to Trump Administration proposals to make non-emergency medical transportation a state option, legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and House (S. 2846 and HR 3935) to continue NEMT as a required Medicaid benefit. AAHD has previously joined a coalition of national organizations supporting the legislation. Available here are the text of […]

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Reauthorizing PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute)

AAHD has joined a large coalition of national organizations supporting the reauthorization of PCORI. Available here are the November 4 letters to the House and Senate leadership.

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Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act

AAHD has joined leading national aging and disability organizations advocating OAA reauthorization. Available here is the November 5 letter to Congressional leaders and an earlier October 28 letter to the House leaders.

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The NIH NINDS Strategic Plan

The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) has submitted comments to/on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) draft strategic plan. AAHD is a DRDC member. The November 1 DRDC letter is here: PDF.    

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Adequately Funding the Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA)

AAHD has joined the Friends of HRSA asking Congress to adequately fund HRSA. The November 1 letter is here: PDF.

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Lifespan Respite Care – Senate Reauthorizes Federal Program

AAHD has joined a coalition of national organizations supporting the Senate reauthorization of national respite programs. The October 31 letter is here: PDF.

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