AAHD CO-SPONSORS HILL BRIEFING ON REHAB AND HABILITATION
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to co-sponsor a congressional briefing on “The Value of Rehabilitation and Habilitation Services and Devices”. This bipartisan briefing will occur on Tuesday, June 27 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room SD-106. To read more about the speakers and content of the briefing, check out our news item. For more information on rehabilitation and habilitation, check out our NDNRC fact sheet “Rehabilitation and Habilitation Services and Devices.”
There are two new reports which address how the Medicaid per capita caps under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would affect Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). To learn more about these reports or to download copies of them, check out our news item. For more information on HCBS, check out our NDNRC fact sheet “Information for People on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Waiting Lists.”
One of the key provisions of the AHCA is to change federal funding for the Medicaid program to a per capita cap. This would involve setting amounts the state would get per enrollee depending on what eligibility group they fall into for Medicaid. A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at how much all the states spent on the different categories of Medicaid enrollees. To learn more about the report or to download a copy check out our news item. In a follow-up to this report, Kaiser also released an issue brief which looks at which states would be most at risk if the Medicaid cuts under the AHCA went into place.
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has a new report which examines how premiums may differ from state to state under the AHCA vs. the ACA. The brief, map and state charts can all be found on the NASHP website.
Previously, we reported on the new verification process that will be in place for Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs). The new verification process for SEPs will go into effect at the end of next week. The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms has a new blog post which answers a lot of questions you may have about this new process.
The CDC funded New Hampshire Disability and Public Health Project has released their 2017 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Report which uses infographics to report on social determinants of health, health behaviors and health outcomes. If you do use the report, they also have a short evaluation survey for the report.
The University of Washington, Healthy Aging & Physical Disability, Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) recently released a new plain language summary called “An Enhanced Simulation Can Show Occupational and Physical Therapy Students How People Adapt to Disabilities.” The summary can be accessed here.
If you’re interested in our advocacy efforts around the AHCA, then check out our recent Action Alert. We also have two blog posts on how the AHCA would affect people with disabilities – one in March when the bill was originally introduced and one in May on the final version of the bill passed by the House. You can also view our NDNRC statement on health reform which we released after the elections last November. In the statement entitled “Preserve the Protections Provided by the Affordable Care Act,” we call on Congress and the Administration to protect provisions in the ACA which have benefited people with disabilities. The full statement can be found on our website, where it is also available in a PDF download, by clicking here.
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC has Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) which work to increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA marketplace. To find a COC, click here.
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