CMS Issues HCBS Settings Heightened Scrutiny Letter to States and FAQs

Available here is the March 22 CMS letter to State Medicaid Directors and FAQs regarding home-and-community-based settings regulations: PDF.

Adequate Funding of CDC’s National Center on Health Statistics

AAHD has joined a coalition requesting Congress to adequately fund the NCHS. The March 19 statement is here: PDF.

Adequate Funding of the Health Resources and Services Administration

AAHD has joined an American Public Health Association led coalition requesting Congress to adequately fund AHRA. The March 15 letter is here: PDF.

Reauthorizing the Medicaid Money Follows the Person and HCBS Spousal Impoverishment Programs

AAHD has joined a coalition of 60 aging and disability organizations supporting the legislative reauthorization of two Medicaid programs.  The March 15 letters to the House and Senate are here: House PDF; Senate PDF.

CMS Medicaid Core Quality Measures Report Neglects Disability, LTSS, and HCBS

A draft CMS funded report by Mathematica and the National Quality Forum for CMS does not mention disability, long term services and supports, and home and community based services. The CMS draft report for public comment on Medicaid Core Measures and the March 15 comments submitted by AAHD and the Lakeshore Foundation are here: PDF.

Week of March 19, 2019

Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)-Health Care Collaborations in Aging and Disability: Success Stories ACL & Hartford Foundation funded, n4a Aging and Disability Business Institute web stories Learn more here. Community Complex Care Response Teams To Improve Geriatric Public Health Outcomes March 13 Univ of KY College of Public Health, RWJ Systems for Action webinar slides Learn more […]

Trump Administration Proposed Budget World Significantly Harm Health

The Coalition for Health Funding, an organization that AAHD belongs to, issued the following statement on the President’s proposed budget for the next federal fiscal year: PDF.

HHS Transfers Millions of Dollars to Unaccompanied Alien Children Program

Available here are the March 5 HHS letter  informing Congress of the transfer; two tables on which HHS agencies are affected; and a March 8 Coalition for Health Funding statement : PDF.

Week of March 12, 2019

Glossary of Patient Engagement Terms March 4 National Health Council announced resource Learn more here. Patients as Consumers March 5 Health Affairs briefing and March issue theme Learn more here. Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships Resource Guide for Disability Inclusion March 5 National Association of County and City Health Officials guide Requires an […]

Advocating the FDA Proposed Ban of Electrical Stimulation Devices (as Therapy in Schools)

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network requesting, once again, that the FDA ban the use of electrical stimulation devices as therapy. The March 6 letter is here: PDF.