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Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress continues to debate an update to No Child Left Behind. Meanwhile, we have new champions for Keeping All Students Safe, committees continue to hold SSDI hearings and bills, and House members advocate for family support .



Kaiser Policy Insight/ Issue Brief on King v. Burwell

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Kaiser Health News released a Issue Brief exampling the policy implications and legal arguments in U.S. Supreme Court's King v. Burwell Case.



AUCD Legislative News In Brief

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.



Judge OKs ending 30-year-old mental health suit

A Maricopa County judge on Monday signed off on an agreement that increases housing, employment and other services for the seriously mentally ill.



Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

Federal lawmakers say they've reached a deal to move forward on legislation that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. Members of the U.S. Senate said Friday that they have an agreement that will allow the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act to proceed.



Senator Harkin Introduces Bills to Promote Access to Housing, Transportation, and Exercise and Fitness Services

Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced three bills as part of his �Access for All� agenda to help people with disabilities achieve economic independence and reach the middle class.



The Stakes Beyond the Halbig Lawsuit

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In a column for The Wall Street Journals Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses if the legal court cases about whether the government can provide tax credits to people in the Affordable Care Acts federal health exchanges will be perceived by the American people as a legitimate legal question or as more inside-Washington politics.



Brief Consumer Guide To Health Law Court Decisions

On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that's important to millions of people: the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court decisions and how they impact consumers.



Conflicting Views of Supreme Court's Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News continues reporting on the Supreme Court's contraception coverage rulings, including the Hobby Lobby decision and temporary injunction for Wheaton College.



Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate

Kaiser Health News explains the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby



Legal Analysis of the Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby

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Legal analysis from the Kasier Family Foundation explains how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies in Burwell v Hobby Lobby.



Sign On Letter in opposition to H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

AUCD signed on with several organizations in opposition to H.R. 3350: "Health care coverage must be not only available and affordable but also adequate in order for consumers to have the health and financial protection they need from health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to ensure that, beginning in 2014, Americans would have access to health insurance that meets all three of these important objectives. Our organizations support these goals, and we are therefore opposed to H.R. 3350, legislation that would allow health insurers to continue to sell individual health insurance policies that are inadequate."

pdf File Sign on Letter re HR3350 Final.pdf [download]


Case Study: Michigan's Money Follows the Person Demonstration

This case study looks at Michigan's Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, which has enabled the state to accelerate existing transition activities and increase access to home- and community-based services (HCBS)by providing enhanced federal funds for each MFP participant's 365-day enrollment period.



Status of the ACA Medicaid Expansion from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

In this updated brief, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines the current status of the Medicaid expansion in each state.



Implementing the ACA's Medicaid-Related Health Reform Provisions After the Supreme Court's Decision

The Kaiser Family Foundation explains what's next for the ACA's Medicaid expansion after the Supreme Court ruling.



Briefing on Health Care After the Supreme Court ACA Decision

This past Monday, July 9th, the Alliance for Health Reform held and the Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act and discussed the implications to the ruling as well as "what's next." Panelists include Dr. Joshua Sharfstein from the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Find materials and presentations from the briefing at the link above.

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