Public Policy

State adoption of Medicaid 1915(c) waivers for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

M. Beth Merryman, Ph.D., M.S., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A., Nancy A. Miller, Ph.D., Emily Shockley, Ph.D.(c), Karen Goldrich Eskow, Ph.D., C.P.C., O.T.R/L., Gregory S. Chasson, Ph.D Disability and Health Journal, July 2015 Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 443–451 DOI: Background The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically, with one in every 68 children in the U.S. currently diagnosed with ASD.… Read More »»

Physical access in urban public housing facilities

Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Ph.D., Gail Regan, Ph.D., P.T., Jacqueline Y. Reese-Smith, M.A., Katie M. Heinrich, Ph.D., Rebecca E. Lee, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, January 2008 Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 25–29 DOI:   Abstract Background Public housing facilities play an important role in housing individuals with physical disabilities, including older adults, who are unable to afford… Read More »»

AAHD Asks CMS to Rescind Medicare Part D Medication Restrictions; Supports Improved Medication Therapy Management

AAHD has written the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that a proposed Medicare Part D medication restriction be rescinded. AAHD supports a proposed improvement to medication therapy management. AAHD’s March 6 letter is here. Prior information on this issue is posted in the March 4, February 11, February 6, January 14 public policy… Read More »»

Protecting rights and building capacities: challenges to global mental health policy in light of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

Wildeman S.  Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law.  J Law Med Ethics. 2013 Spring;41(1):48-73. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12005. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified mental health as a priority for global health promotion and international development to be targeted through promulgation of evidence-based medical practices, health systems reform, and respect for human rights. Yet these overlapping… Read More »»

“Fast-track” strategies in long-term public disability programs around the world

Rajnes D.  Division of Program Studies, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration, USA.  Soc Secur Bull. 2012;72(1):79-108. Long-term public disability programs in the United States and several other countries have incorporated fast-track (FT) procedures that share a common goal of accelerating applicants through various stages of… Read More »»

Advancing Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

AAHD has joined the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) – 25 organizations – endorsing Senate legislation (S.1027) to strengthen rehabilitation research at NIH. The July 1 statement is available: PDF.

Updated HealthCare.Gov Launched To Assist with Health Insurance Exchange/Marketplace Enrollment

The June 24 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launch announcement for assisting persons enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges and marketplaces. See press release.

Persons with Severe Disabilities Should Have Legal Assistance When Facing Immigration Proceedings

AAHD joined with many in the disability community requesting this basic protection; see June 26 letter: PDF.

The US Air Force suicide prevention program: implications for public health policy

Knox KL, Pflanz S, Talcott GW, Campise RL, Lavigne JE, Bajorska A, Tu X, Caine ED. Am J Public Health. 2010 Dec;100(12):2457-63. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.159871. Epub 2010 May 13. SOURCE:  Canandaigua VA Medical Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Canandaigua, NY, USA. OBJECTIVES:  We evaluated the effectiveness of the US Air Force Suicide Prevention Program… Read More »»

Mobility and aging: new directions for public health action

Satariano WA, Guralnik JM, Jackson RJ, Marottoli RA, Phelan EA, Prohaska TR. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug;102(8):1508-15. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300631. Epub 2012 Jun 14. SOURCE:  School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. Optimal mobility, defined as relative ease and freedom of movement in all of its forms, is central… Read More »»