Public Policy

 

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.

Health Reform Hub

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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7/15/2014

AUCD Welcomes White House Disability Liaison Taryn Williams

"[Taryn] is brilliant, passionate, and outcome-oriented. I cannot imagine a better person to help the White House engage with the disability community as they pursue President Obama's robust agenda," said Andy Imparato, AUCD's Executive Director.

 
 

7/15/2014

CCD Comments on EEOC 501 ANPRM

AUCD signed on to these comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires the federal government to be a "model employer" of people with disabilities.

 
 

7/14/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers the Disability Treaty, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Autism CARES Act, Community Living Policy, and Avonte's Law

 
 

7/14/2014

Section-by-Section Summary of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

HELP Committee

This analysis from the HELP committee summarizes the changes made to the Rehabilitation Act by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

pdf File TITLE IV section by section.pdf [download]
 
 

7/10/2014

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Passes House 415-6

Bill will help the next generation of young people with disabilities take their rightful place in the competitive workforce

"Yesterday evening's vote of 415-6 is a testament to the strong bipartisan support for this important bill that modernizes the vocational rehabilitation system and strengthens the Administration for Community Living by moving independent living and disability research programs there," said Andrew Imparato, AUCD Executive Director.

 
 

7/8/2014

Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

A CMS Informational Bulletin

Today The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin with respect to services available under the Medicaid program to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 
 

7/7/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covered the Autism CARES Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Higher Education Act, 21st Century Cures Initiative, and War on Poverty.

 
 

7/7/2014

Maryland Adopts Community First Choice Option

Maryland becomes the third state in the nation to adopt and implement innovative Community First Choice in Medicaid.

pdf File Maryland CFCO.pdf [download]
 
 

7/2/2014

Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

White House Council of Economic Advisors

This analysis, from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the economic and health consequences of states' decisions not to expand Medicaid.

 
 

6/30/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers the Autism CARES Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, community living, education, health care, and Social Security.

 
 

6/25/2014

DD Network Writes to CMS on HCBS Rule Implementation

The DD Network partners - AUCD, NACDD, and NDRN - wrote to Cindy Mann, Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, regarding the new home and community-based services (HCBS) settings rule.

pdf File DD Network Letter HCBS Rule.pdf [download]
 
 

6/24/2014

Community Integration Act

A bill to reverse the institutional bias in Medicaid and ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries have an opportunity to receive care in a home and community-based setting.

 
 

6/24/2014

House Passes Autism CARES Act Today

"AUCD is so pleased to see that Congress has worked in a bipartisan, bicameral way to reach consensus on a bill to reauthorize a law that is so important to so many people with ASD and other DD and their families," stated Kim Musheno, AUCD's Director of Public Policy. "We hope the Senate will take quick action as well."

 
 
 

Resources

 

Section-by-Section Summary of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

HELP Committee

This analysis from the HELP committee summarizes the changes made to the Rehabilitation Act by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

pdf File TITLE IV section by section.pdf [download]
 
 

Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

White House Council of Economic Advisors

This analysis, from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the economic and health consequences of states' decisions not to expand Medicaid.

 
 

Transition Program for Students with Intellectual Disability Appropriations Issue Brief

Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) promote post-secondary education for students with intellectual disability. The President proposed ending funding for the program in his FY15 budget. This issue brief explains the TPSID program and why it must continue.

pdf File TPSID FY15 Brief.pdf [download]
 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

7/21/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covered appropriations, Autism CARES Act, ABLE Act, Social Security Disability Insurance, and the Disability Treaty.

7/14/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue covers the Disability Treaty, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Autism CARES Act, Community Living Policy, and Avonte's Law


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

4/13/2013

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 113th Congress

Federal Funding and Fiscal Policy; Medicaid and Long Term Services and Supports; Health Care Reform; Combating Autism Act; Developmental Disabilities Act; Family Support; Research and Data Collection; Education; Employment; Rights; Transportation; Social Security; Tax Policy. AUCD calls upon Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to address the pressing needs of our citizens with disabilities. Gridlock has serious consequences for these individuals.

 

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Senate Accessibility Manual

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Mike Enzi (WY) published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the US Capitol Complex.

This manual includes a variety of ideas and suggestions to help address the needs of staff, constituents, and visitors with accessibility needs, including: basic rules of etiquette; locations of accessible routes and entrances; accessible room design; and emergency evacuation procedures.

Please feel free to use this manual as you develop policies and procedures for accommodating individuals with accessibility needs, whether they are visiting our nation's capital or working in a Congressional office.

PDF here.

DOC here.