Policy Updates

22 U.S. Senators Oppose Cutting Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) (HR 3922)

22 US Senators have written the Senate leadership opposing cutting and using PPHF dollars to refinance the Championing Healthy Kids legislation (HR 3922), as proposed by the House leadership.The November 2 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicaid – Opposing Massachusetts Proposed Restrictions on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation and Formularies

AAHD has joined the Medicaid Waiver Coalition, led by the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families, opposing several proposals by Massachusetts to restrict Medicaid services. The October 20 letter to HHS & CMS is here: PDF.

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Senate Bipartisan ACA Market Stabilization Proposal – Mental Health Community Support

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) supporting the Alexander-Murray ACA legislation; the October 27 letter is here: PDF.

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Medicaid – Opposing Legislation Allowing States To Eliminate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (HR 1394)

Eleven US House members – known as “Blue Dog Democrats” – have written the House leadership stating their opposition to HR 1394. The October 17 letter is here: PDF.

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CHIP – Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Insurance Parity – HR 3192

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the American Academy of Pediatrics supporting Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) parity. The October 24 letter is here: PDF.

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Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health Delivery as a New CMS Innovation

Led by No Health Without Mental Health, AAHD has joined four national organizations advocating integrated medical and behavioral health as a new CMS Innovation topic. The October 23 NHMH letter is here: PDF.

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Future of the CDC REACH (Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Program

AAHD has joined a coalition of 200 organizations requesting the Congressional leadership to overturn appropriations committee decisions and continue a meaningful CDC REACH program. The October 16 letter is here: PDF.

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Employer Wellness – Disability Community Senate Testimony

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) provided October 19 testimony to the Senate HELP Committee on employer wellness programs and impact on those with disabilities and genetic disorders. AAHD is a CCD member. The October 19 testimony is here: PDF.

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Massachusetts Would Restrict Medicaid Access to Medications

AAHD has joined an effort led by the American Cancer Society opposing to Massachusetts Medicaid waiver proposal to significantly restrict access to medications; the October 18 letter is here: PDF.

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Senate HELP Committee Leadership ACA Marketplace Stabilization Legislative Proposal

Available here are the October 17 Senate HELP committee leadership ACA legislative proposal, and bill summary.  

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