Behavioral Health Parity in Health Insurance – Legislation Would Increase Implementation Transparency

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) endorsement of legislation to increase implementation transparency in behavioral health parity. Available here is a one page summary of the legislation and the May 21 MHLG letters to Senate and House sponsors.

House Increases CDC REACH Program Funding

AAHD has joined a coalition thanking the House Committee on Appropriations for increasing by $16 million (to $71.95 million) the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The May 20 letter is here: PDF.

Week of May 21, 2019

Pathways HUB: A Population Health Model That Activates Community Response To Social Determinants May 9 Health Management Associates webinar slides Learn more here. The Impact of the Patient-Centered Medical Home on Health Care Disparities March 27 Population Health Management article Learn more here. Chronic Disease Self-Management Education: ACL Announces Eleven 2019 Grantees May 14 ACL […]

Advocating the Reauthorization of PCORI

AAHD has joined the Friends of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute requesting PCORI reauthorization. The May 13 letters to the House and Senate are here: House PDF; Senate PDF.

Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation – House Appropriations Requests Delay in Cut

The House Committee on Appropriations has urged the Administration to delay its announced intent to convert the current mandatory NEMT Medicaid benefit to an optional benefit. The Committee responded to a request from a national coalition, including AAHD, opposing the proposed change. Available here are the House Committee report language and the May 7 coalition […]

Adequate Funding for Federal Respite Family Caregiver Programs

AAHD has joined a coalition of national organizations advocating annual funding of respite family caregiver programs. The April 29 letter is here: PDF.PDF

Administration for Community Living – Proposed Reorganization and Disability Organizations Initial Reaction

Available here is the May 9 proposed ACL reorganization.  Also available is the May 10 letter of the Developmental Disabilities partners network and the blog from the Arc.  And, NCIL posted an advocacy blog here:

Week of May 14, 2019

Re-Envisioning Care for People with Involved Disabilities – Video May 9 Institute for Health Care Improvement and Community Catalyst announced video Learn more here. State Pathways To Integrated Care – Exploring Options for Integrating for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid May 8 Center for Health Care Strategies, Integrated Care Resource Center, announced resources […]

Sale of Health Insurance Across State Lines – Disability Coalition Comments to CMS, Continued

In response to a CMS request for information, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on Health  submitted comments of the sale of health insurance across state lines. AAHD is a CCD member. The May 6 CCD  letter  here: PDF.

Sale of Health Insurance Across State Lines – 2 Disability Coalitions Comment to CMS

In response to a CMS request for information, AAHD has joined two coalitions – Habilitation Benefits Coalition and Coalition To Preserve Rehabilitation – sharing comments of the sale of health insurance across state lines: HAB letter and CPR letter.