AUCD advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families. Legislative priority issues are developed bi-annually by the AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on the Association's vision and mission as well as input from the entire Network, including individuals with disabilities and their families.
Please visit AUCD’s Health Reform Hub, an online gateway designed to provide technical assistance and information about implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
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Bill Promotes Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities
"The bipartisan votes for the ABLE Act, coupled with similar votes for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, are a good reminder that Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to see improvements in policy and practice that will result in more Americans realizing the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act and become full participants in the lives of their communities," said Andrew J. Imparato, AUCD Executive Director.
This is a special edition of Legislative News In Brief, analyzing the disability programs in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill.
The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released this joint dear colleague letter regarding the Olmstead obligations of state implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to home care workers.
This issue covers appropriations, the ABLE Act, Disability Treaty, clinical researc, and the ACA, Children's Health Insurance Program, and long-term fiscal outlook of our national health programs.
On December 5, 2014, AUCD provided Laurence Wilson, the Director of the Chronic Care Policy Group of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the United States Department of Health and Human Services comment on Speech Generating Devices. AUCD's special interest group on assistive technology worked in coalition with other researchers, health professionals, service providers, and individuals with disabilities and their families to provide the following comments with respect to the National Coverage Decision (NCD).
This issue covers appropriations for FY15, the ABLE Act, Children's Health Insurance Program, and Social Security.
This issue covers immigration, appropriations, higher education, Medicaid, child care, and Social Security.
Issue Brief on the Keeping All Students Safe Act, comparing the House and Senate bills.
An issue brief from the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination about the current status of the ABLE Act.