COVID-19: Congress Begins Consideration of a 4th Legislative Package – Aging and Disability Recommendations

The Disability and Aging Collaboration (DAC) co-chairs have submitted recommendations to Congress for a 4th COVID-19 legislative package. AAHD is a DAC member. The April 2 DAC letter is here: PDF.

The NIH Strategic Plan – Disability and Rehabilitation Research

The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) has submitted comments to/on the NIH strategic plan framework. AAHD is a DRRC member

COVID-19: Advocating a Federal Plan and Resource Center on Health and Older Adults

AAHD has joined the Trust for America’s Health requesting the federal government develop a plan and resource center addressing the health of older adults in the context of COVID-19. The March 27 letter to the White House Task Force and Congressional leaders is here: PDF.

Funding the ACL Falls Prevention Program

AAHD has joined the National Council on Aging led effort requesting Congress to continue to adequately fund the ACL falls prevention program; the March 30 letter is here: PDF.

COVID-19: Civil Rights and Avoiding Discrimination

Available here is the March 28 HHS Office of Civil Rights bulletin: PDF.

COVID-19: Using the Defense Production Act To Increase Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Supplies

AAHD has joined 88 disability and health organizations, led by the Assistive Technology Law Center, endorsing calls by leading health professional and provider associations, asking the President to immediately use the Defense Production Act. The March 28 letter and press statement are here: PDF.

Improving Coordination of Substance Use Disorder-Physical Health Through the COVID-19 Legislation

The Partnership To Amend 42 CFR Part 2, that AAHD belongs to, has issued a statement commending Congress for improving coordination of SUD & physical health medical records in the 3rd COVID-19 legislative package. The March 27 statement is here: PDF.

Week of March 31, 2020

Multiplicity of Conditions and the Cumulative Effects for People with Disabilities March 20 Disability and Health Journal April article; there is a fee for the complete article Learn more here. Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: COVID-19 Impacts and Responses March 18 SAMHSA funded, NCBH Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions webinar materials Learn […]

Promoting Accessible and Available Transportation for Persons with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Transportation has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation; the March 24 letter is available here: PDF.

Lifting Restrictions on Tele-Behavioral Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) in requesting the US Congress, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and each state and territorial governor and insurance commissioner to temporarily lift restrictions on tele-behavioral health. The March 25 MHLG letters are here: NAIC; House and Senate