Policy Updates

Senate Committee Consideration of ACA Marketplace Stabilization – Mental Health Liaison Group

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) offering ideas to the Senate committee considering Affordable Care Act market stabilization. The October 4 letter is here: PDF.

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House of Representatives Proposals To Restrict Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Available here is a comparison, prepared by the National Disability Rights Network and shared by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, of three legislative proposals being moved for action by committees of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Senate Committee Consideration of ACA Marketplace Stabilization – 481 MH & SUD Organizations

AAHD has joined 481 organizations concerned with mental illness and substance use disorder in offering ideas to the Senate committee considering Affordable Care Act market stabilization. The October 3 letter is here: SenateHELP-ACAMarketplaceStabilization-481MHSUDorgs.

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Medicare Part D Medication Co-Pays & Low Income Persons

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx) Coalition asking Congress to “not” increase Medicare Part D co-payments for low income individuals. The Sept 29 letter is here:  PDF.

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Disparities Roadmap – National Quality Forum Final Report to HHS

Available here are the final NQF report to HHS on disparities and the AAHD staff preliminary and quick summary notes of the report.

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Medicare Outpatient Therapy Caps

The Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) steering committee has submitted a statement to Congressional committees on the Medicare outpatient therapy caps. AAHD is a CPR member. The September 27 statement is here: PDF.

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Proposed CMS Home Health Payment Rules Would Undermine Support of Persons with Chronic-Longer Term-Ongoing Needs

AAHD has joined the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR), expressing strong concerns with many CMS home health payment  proposed rules. The September 22 CPR letter is here: PDF.  

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Senators Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA & Medicaid Replacement Proposal – Disability Rehabilitation Community Opposition

AAHD has joined the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR), opposing the Graham-Cassidy ACA & Medicaid replacement legislation as it undermines coverage of rehabilitation services and supports. The September 22 CPR letter is here: PDF.

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Mental Health Peer Health Specialists in VA Programs

AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation have endorsed legislation, led by The Depressive & Bipolar Support Alliance, and sponsored by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Blunt (R-MO), funding mental health peer health specialists in VA medical programs. The September 21 AAHD-Lakeshore letter is here: PDF.

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ACA Marketplace Enrollment & Medicare Enrollment Linkage

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Medicare Rights Center asking CMS to continue flexibility for persons previously enrolled in ACA Marketplaces and who delayed Medicare enrollment. The September 20 letter is here: PDF.

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