Policy Updates

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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Senators Cassidy & Collins Affordable Care Act Replacement Proposed Legislation (S. 191)

Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced an ACA replacement legislation (S. 191). Available here are Senator Cassidy’s one page summary and the January 24 Center for Budget and Policy Priorities summary review.

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President’s Affordable Care Act Executive Order

Available here are the President’s ACA executive order, a Health Affairs blog, and two Washington Post articles: PDF-1; PDF-2.

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Medicaid – Proposed Caps

Available here is the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities January 18 analysis of possible Medicaid caps impact.

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We earlier twice posted advocate organizational statements on CMS RFI on home and community based services. Available here are statements by 2 organizations of state administrators: NAMD & NASUAD – Medicaid and Aging & Disability – and 2 additional advocates – Justice in Aging & AARP.

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https://www.aahd.us/2017/01/14384/

Disability Community Opposition to ACA Repeal through Budget Resolution

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) opposing repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the January 9 CCD letter to the Senate and Jan 12 CCD letter to the Senate are here: Also available here is a new National Health Law Program (NHeLP) fact sheet on 10 Ways the ACA assists older […]

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