Access to Prescription Medications – Disability Community Principles

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in stating principles for access to prescription medications in health reform. The June 10 statement is here: PDF.

Medicare Prescription Medications – Beneficiary Protections and Improvements

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx coalition suggesting legislative improvements to Medicare Part D medications. The June 6 MAPRx letter is here: PDF.

Week of June 11, 2019

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Behavioral Health Parity in Health Insurance – Legislation Would Increase Implementation Transparency (3)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) endorsement of legislation to increase implementation transparency in behavioral health parity. This is our third AAHD web site posting with MHLG letters.  Available here are June 5 and June 6  MHLG letters to both House and Senate leaders: PDF.

Making the Federal Income Tax Medical Expense Deduction Permanent (HR 2073; S. 110)

AAHD has joined an AARP led coalition supporting legislation to make the medical expense deduction permanent. The June 6 letters to House and Senate are here: House pdf;  Senate pdf.

Reauthorizing Family-to-Family Info Centers (HR 2822)

AAHD has joined a coalition of organizations endorsing a 5 year reauthorization of family-to-family info centers. The June 3 letter is here: PDF.

Promoting Integration of Behavioral Health and Physical Health/Primary Care

AAHD has joined 3 other national mental health organizations, led by No Health Without Mental Health, advocating integration of behavioral health and physical health when considering health care cost implications. The June 4 letter to the Senate HELP Committee is here: PDF.

Behavioral Health Parity in Health Insurance – Legislation Would Increase Implementation Transparency (2)

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) endorsement of legislation to increase implementation transparency in behavioral health parity. This is the second MHLG letter, previously posted.  Available here is the May 30 MHLG letter to Senate sponsors.

Disaster Relief in Medicaid

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities endorsing legislation to ensure Medicaid services and supports continue when an emergency disaster strikes. Available here are the May 31 CCD letters to the House and Senate.

Disaster Emergency Access for Aging and Disability

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities endorsing legislation to ensure disaster emergency assistance access to aging and disability persons. Available here are the May 31 letters to the House letter and Senate letter.