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Friends of NICHD: Research Into Zika, Pregnancy and Child Health

On June 28, 2016, the Friends of NICHD hosted an event on Capitol Hill about biomedical research into the implications of the Zika virus for maternal and child health. Dr. John Columbo, Director of the fe Span Institute at the University of Kansas and a leader of the IDDRC network, presented on prenatal nutrition and early childhood development.



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.



Advocates ask CMS for Improvements in Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries

AUCD joins 34 other organizations in letter

In this letter to Melanie Bella, Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, disability and aging advocates urge for increased transparency, quality measures, readiness review, and continuity of care in demonstrations to integrate care and align financing for those dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

pdf File Dual Eligible stakeholder letter June 19 2013.pdf [download]


Census Data on Health Insurance

The U.S. Census Bureau released its annual Current Population Survey on September 13. Its data on health insurance shows that the U.S. now has the highest number and percentage of uninsured ever recorded.



Implications of Medicaid Block Grants and Spending Caps for Seniors and People with Disabilities

The Friday Morning Collaborative hosted a webinar titled "Implications of Medicaid Block Grants and Spending Caps for Seniors and People with Disabilities" featuring John Holahan (Urban Institute), Edwin Park (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities), Patricia Nemore (Center for Medicare Advocacy) and Trisha Roddy (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene). Link to Archived Recording:

pdf File Implications of Block Grants and Spending Caps [download]


Understanding Medicaid's Role in the Health Care System

Brief by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

This brief provides statistics on who Medicaid covers and its role in the health care system.



Report Shows Affordable Care Act Savings of $3,500 for Medicare Beneficiaries

The analysis, released by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), shows that the Affordable Care Act helps lower costs for those on Medicare by slowing the growth of cost-sharing in Medicare.


Implementing the Affordable Care Act: New Options for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

Issue Brief by the National Academy for State Health Policy
pdf File State Health Policy Briefing- Health Reform and Medicaid.pdf [download]


HHS Announces New Therapeutic Discovery Project Program

Created by the Affordable Care Act, this program will advance American competitiveness in the fields of life, biological, and medical science by giving tax credits and grants to small companies conducting cutting-edge research.


New Resources from Families USA for Long-Term Services and Supports Advocacy

Families USA has recently developed several new resources that highlight Long-Term Services and Supports provisions in the Affordable Care Act.


Bending the Curve Through Health Reform Implementation

New report by the Brookings Institution focusing on three objectives to be reached within the next five years to achieve savings while improving quality across the health system.
pdf File Bending the Curve.pdf [download]


HHS Announces New Competitive Grants for States that Lead the Race to Develop IT Systems for State Exchanges

For the first time, funding will be directed to States that are able to lead the race to develop IT systems that will support State Exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act.


$3.9 million in Affordable Care Act Funds to Support Families of Children With Special Health Care Needs

Funding will support Family-to-Family Health Information Centers.
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