Medicaid is the nation's primary way of financing and delivering community-based health and long-term services to children and adults with disabilities.  It is the nation's largest health care program, and serves nearly 60 million low-income Americans, including an estimated 9.9 million people with disabilities.  AUCD advocates for the maintenance of the individual entitlement to a full range of Medicaid health and long-term supports and services for all eligible children and adults with disabilities.





Maryland LEND Faculty Receives Grant to Increase Access

Mary L. O'Connor Leppert, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., a former LEND trainee and current LEND faculty, and Dr. Joyce Harrison, MD received a grant from the state of Maryland to continue their work to increase access of children with neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders by building capacity of primary care physicians to identify and manage these disorders.



CT LEND Students Sign Bill with CT Governor to Enhance Communication Between First Responders and Children and Adults with Disabilities

The UConn UCEDD staff and LEND students were invited to a bill signing of HB 7000 (PA 19-147) with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. Governor Lamont praised the students and UCEDD for all the work they had done on the bill. Governor Lamont told the students how proud they should be for making a real difference in the world for the disability community. Representative Linehan, who met with the LEND students at the Capitol, worked with them on enhancing the UConn UCEDD's Emergency Preparation Flipbook to include a communication aid that would enhance communication between first responders and children and adults with disabilities.



Tuesdays with Liz: What is a Congressional Recess?

Members of Congress are already filling up their calendars for the August recess, which lasts through Labor Day. Now is a good time to request meetings with them. Think about hosting a community event and inviting your members of Congress or invite them to visit your programs or centers.



Board President Amy Hewitt Testifies at the Reauthorizing Autism CARES Act of 2019 Hearing

Amy Hewitt, AUCD Board President and Director of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, gave a powerful testimony on the importance of reauthorizing Autism CARES at the Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.



  • 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.


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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides information and analysis on health care coverage and access for the low-income population, with a special focus on Medicaid's role and coverage of the uninsured.



Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Information on CMS programs

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