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LTSS as it relates to Medical Expense Deduction

by National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

If Congress ends the Medical Expense Deduction, many Americans paying for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) costs will not be able to pay for both LTSS and federal income tax at the same time. Raising the standard deduction and lowering rates will not address the issue. Why? Because many chronically ill Americans will pay all of their income towards care, and without the Medical Expense Deduction they could still have a tax liability that they cannot afford to pay.



Thanksgiving Recess - Action Needed - Tax Bill and Affordable Care Act

On November 16, the full House (HR 1) and the Senate Finance Committee (see results of session and amendments) passed legislation that would make drastic changes to the tax code. The Senate version would repeal the requirement in current law that all Americans must have health insurance coverage. This individual mandate is a critical part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which helps keep premium costs lower than they otherwise would be without the requirement. Meet with your Members of Congress while they are back home, November 20-24. Use this action alert to help educate them.



Health Care Reform: A Research to Policy Brief

Written by: Christine Marcella Grosso, Kim Musheno, John Tschida, Denise Rozell, Adriane Griffen, AUCD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The main goals of this landmark health reform law are to: expand access to coverage, improve the quality of care, and make coverage more affordable. Since its passage, the ACA has extended health insurance coverage to approximately 20 million people and contributed toward slower growth of health care costs. The ACA contains many provisions intended to ensure accessible, comprehensive, affordable, non-discriminatory coverage for consumers, especially people with disabilities.



Tuesdays with Liz - Tim Shriver

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, about leadership and people with disabilities.



Appropriations Letters re Funding for Supported Employment Grant Funding

House and Senate

Under the current budget proposal for the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education (ED), and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill, funding for the Vocational Rehabilitation Supported Employment State Grant program has been eliminated. The undersigned organizations are writing to express our grave concerns with the proposed discontinuation of this funding in the 2018 budget. We are requesting that funding be restored to at least the $27.5 million level that is in the FY 2017 budget. Without this funding, the opportunity for individuals with significant disabilities to succeed in competitive integrated employment will be significantly curtailed.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayTax Reform; Medicaid Reform; Assessment under ESSA; nominations; and more



Letter to the US Department of Education regarding 1% Cap and Transparency

The co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force submitted a letter to the US Department of Education (ED) regarding the process to review state requests for waivers on the 1 percent assessment cap under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The letter encourages ED to review with scrutiny the justification(s) provided by states to exceed the 1.0 percent cap, the impact on students with disabilities, especially as it relates to their access to the general curriculum in the regular classroom, and plans states will undertake to come into compliance with the law�s requirements.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayTax Reform; Opioid Assistance; AUCD Conference; and more



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday2018 Budget; Tax Reform; ACA marketplace stabilization; Department of Ed Guidance; and more



Policy Priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, 2017

Joint priorities of AUCD, NACDD and NDRN during the 11th Congress, as we work with the Administration, states, and local governments to achieve better outcomes for all people with disabilities.



Budget and Appropriations Resources

Coalition on Human Needs

The federal budget should be an expression of national priorities and an engine for realizing them. Federal investments can ensure that all people have the building blocks of a decent life: health care, lifelong education, opportunities to work, income supplements when work is not possible, and affordable necessities, including food, housing, and caregiving for children, seniors, and people with disabilities.



FY18 Budget State by State Fact Sheets

Coalition on Human Needs

"How would Trump�s proposed budget cuts affect human needs programs in your state? Find your state to learn more."



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySenate�s Budget Resolution; Senate Committee on Aging hearings; OSERS Regulatory Reform updates; Marketplace stabilization; and much more



OSERS Status Report on Regulations and Guidance

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OSERS is currently reviewing regulations and guidance in phases, which includes analyzing the input submitted by the public. The first phase involved reviewing guidance that OSERS has published on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab. Act), as amended. Initially, we evaluated the guidance to determine those that were outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective. At this time, OSERS has a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective�63 from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and 9 from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).



Disabilities expert David Mank Featured Speaker at Bipartisan Congressional Briefing (IN UCEDD)

David Mank, former Indiana Institute on Disability and Community director and Indiana University School of Education professor emeritus, was one of four featured speakers at a congressional briefing in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month held on Monday, October 2, 2017, in Washington D.C.

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