Health Care


AUCD works on all of the issues encompassed in the very broad term "health care" for people with disabilities. Specific emphasis is placed on a community rather than institutional bias in affordable, equal access to health care. This includes private health insurance, public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, managed care, as well as quality assurance and consumer education protections.

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).





CCD Letter to President Obama on Wellness Programs

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities send this letter to President Obama regarding Affordable Care Act wellness programs and protections for workers with disabilities under the ADA.

pdf File CCD wellness letter.pdf [download]


Letter to CMS regarding Medicare Coverage of Speech Generating Devices

Over 50 members of Congress sent this letter to CMS asking for information on a coverage decision related to Speech Generating Devices.



Six by '15: Healthy Living

At least six states commit to including people with disabilities as an explicit target population in all state public health programs

In 2009 the New York State Department of Health Center for Community Health adopted a policy that all public health programs must explicitly include children and adults with disabilities and their families as a target population in health promotion efforts. The Six by '15 Campaign wants six more states will take this step and build a more inclusive public health system by the end of 2015.





AUCD signed onto a Letter in favor of more funding for Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittees

AUCD signed on to a letter in support of greater funding for Congressional subcommittees that manage appropriations for programs in the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services.



AUCD and CPR Comments on ACA Section 1557

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 0945-AA02)

AUCD along with members of the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR) provided comment on the proposed rule Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities to implement section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.



AUCD Letter to Rep. Lucas regarding House and Senate Farm Bills

AUCD Letter to Representative Lucas regarding the House and Senate Farm Bills and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

doc File AUCD Farm Bill Letter Lucas.docx.doc [download]

Related Links


Health Reform GPS

A project of the George Washington University Hirsch Health Law and Policy Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This website provides detailed analysis and commentary on health reform implementation updates including regulatory decisions.


Families USA: Health Reform Central

Families USA explains key implementation developments


The Catalyst Center: A Catalyst for Change

The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care insurance and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Health reform information focused on children and youth with special health care needs.


Advance Class Website

A national advocacy organization dedicated the implementation of a strong and vital long-term services and supports program.

CCD Health Task Force


The Alliance for Health Reform

Find resources and view archived briefings on health care reform and related topics.


National Institutes of Health


Coalition for Health Funding

AUCD is a member of the CHF, the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments.


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Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

President is expected to submit his budget request for the Fiscal Year 2017 to Congress tomorrow; Senate HELP Committee will hold a markup tomorrow of several health-related bills; On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on "Next Steps for K-12 Education: Implementing the Promise to Restore State and Local Control", and more

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