AUCD advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families. Legislative priority issues are developed bi-annually by the AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on the Association's vision and mission as well as input from the entire Network, including individuals with disabilities and their families.
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).
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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of more than 100 organizations representing the needs of people with disabilities, opposes the budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) because it calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, deep spending cuts for non-defense discretionary programs that support the health and well-being of people with disabilities, and would lead to tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance or becoming underinsured.
Congress is busy debating the overall budget proposals that were released last week and a bill related to physician payments to Medicare.
The House and Senate will release budget plans this week, Rep Langevin seeks funding for respite services, states are moving on ABLE accounts, and the White House launches a new tech employment initiative.
Negotiations continue on an update to No Child Left Behind. Several new bills were introduced related to health care, employment, and assistive technology, and bipartisan members of Congress launched a family caregiver caucus.
AUCD signed on to a Letter to Congressional Leaders Supporting Extended funding for Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
AUCD signed onto a Letter as a member of the National Child Abuse Coalition to support funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
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 .
AUCD supports Ranking Member Robert Scott's substitute to H.R.5. This substitute bill includes many provisions that continue high expectations for students with disabilities.
AUCD signed on to a letter to support funding for The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)
AUCD along with the National Child Abuse Coalition asking leading members of Congress to fund the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). Funding is set to expire in March 2015, and the program is a wise investment that states have embraced as a sensible approach to health, education, and fiscal challenges.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities wrote a letter to the House of Representative opposing the current version of The Student Success Act (H.R.5). AUCD signed onto this letter which includes six baseline principles to ensure students have meaningful access to rigorous standards for all students and fully inclusion for students with disabilities in every local school.
House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Statement for the Record for the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on "Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund's Solvency"
The White House released a statement strongly opposing H.R.5, the Student Success Act, in the current form approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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.
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers
A product of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative
This resource was released at a White House Summit on Disability Employment. It is a product of the cross-agency Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative.
Summary of funding for disability programs in the final fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.