Policy Updates

Non-Defense Discretionary Federal Programs Funding

AAHD has joined 2,000 organizations, led by NDD United (Non-Defense Discretionary) seeking adequate funding of these programs. The March 1 statement listing the 2,000 organizations and NDD United statement are here:

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Proposed Medicaid  Block Grants and Per Capita Caps (4)

We previously shared background resources on proposed Medicaid block grants and per capita caps on February 16 & 14 and January 24. Available here are three new National Health Law Program resources and an AARP document: What is a Per Capita Cap?, Per Capita Caps vs. Block Grants in Medicaid, Delivery System Reform and Medicaid […]

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Congressional ACA Replacement Proposals Fall Short

Available here is the new Families USA review of how current Congressional Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement proposals fall short.

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Action Alert: Affordable Care Act

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Given some of the important events that have taken place recently with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), AAHD would like to take the opportunity to highlight some opportunities for advocacy. AAHD firmly believes that the ACA was an important step forward for people with disabilities in providing greater access […]

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Sharing Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records To Better Integrate Whole Person Health Care (2)

AAHD is a member of the Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2.. Available here are the Partnership’s February 17 comments to SAMHSA and a February 14 overview of the Partnership. AAHD public policy updates of February 16 shared other resources on the SAMHSA rule.

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Disability Community Opposes House Proposed Medicaid Per Capita Caps

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), task forces on health and long-term services and supports, issued a statement opposing the House leadership proposed Medicaid per capita caps. The February 21 CCD statement is here: PDF.

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Proposed Medicaid Block Grants and Per Capita Caps (3)

See previous AAHD public policy postings of February 14 & January 24. Available here is the Commonwealth Fund fact sheet on block granting Medicaid proposals.

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HHS Postpones Sharing Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records To Better Integrate Health Care

New HHS Secretary Dr. Price has postponed the effective date of SAMHSA rules from February 17 to March 17. Available here is the February 15 Modern Healthcare article on the postponement. Also available are analyses by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (focused on integrating healthcare) and the Legal Action Center (focused on protecting privacy).

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Protecting Affordable Care Act Essential Health Benefits  – “I Am Essential”

AAHD has joined 200 organizations emphasizing to new HHS Secretary Dr. Price the importance of the ACA essential health benefits. The February 10 “I Am Essential” letter is here: PDF.

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Building Blocks: Block Grants, Per Capita Caps, & Medicaid Reform

February 8 Milliman explanation and analysis available here: PDF.

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