Public Policy

 

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.

Health Reform Hub

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).

 

 
 

New in Policy

 

4/14/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue of Legislative News In Brief covered the new 6 by 15 campaign, budget and appropriations, a DOJ settlement in Rhode Island, FDA meeting on aversive devices, health care for military connected children, and more!

 
 

4/11/2014

Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Intervention, and Seclusion Urges FDA to Ban Electric Shock

AUCD signed on to this letter from the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Intervention, and Seclusion (APRAIS) responding to a Food and Drug Administration request for comments regarding the use of electric shock devices for behavioral modification. The coalition urged the FDA to ban the use of these devices.

pdf File APRAIS FDA Letter 4-11-14.pdf [download]
 
 

4/8/2014

Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.

 
 

4/4/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue of AUCD Legislative News In Brief covered the Ryan Budget, Combating Autism Act Reauthorization, Medicare provider payments and tax policy.

 
 

4/2/2014

CCD Statement in Response to the Release of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's FY2015 Budget Proposal

Ryan Budget Dangerous for People with Disabilities: CCD urges Congress to Reject the Ryan Budget

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of 113 organizations representing the needs of people with disabilities, believes that the budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is dangerous for people with disabilities as 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.

 
 

3/24/2014

UPDATED: CMS Releases Final Rule on Home and Community Based Services

On January 10 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a regulation that greatly strengthens access to community-based services in the Medicaid program. On March 20, CMS released a toolkit of materials for states and stakeholders.

 
 

3/23/2014

Wish the Affordable Care Act a Happy Fourth Birthday!

Help Spread the Word: Open Enrollment Ends March 31

The ACA turned four years old this week! Join AUCD in celebrating this anniversary by helping to make sure all Americans know about their health insurance options. Spread the word that open enrollment ends March 3.

 
 

3/17/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue of Legislative News In Brief covered the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act, the remaining days of Affordable Care Act open enrollment, the Kids First Research Act, and new bills regarding child abuse, IDEA funding, unemployment insurance, and supplemental security income.

 
 
 

Resources

 

Fact Sheet on Current State-Level Protections from Restraint & Seclusion

This fact sheet shows up-to-date information on the limited state-level protections from restraint & seclusion for schoolchildren.

pdf File R-S Fact Sheet Feb 2014.pdf [download]
 
 

AUCD Issue Brief on Final FY14 Appropriations

President Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2014. AUCD has prepared this issue brief on the funding for programs important to the AUCD Network and people with disabilities.

pdf File FY14 Final Appropriations.pdf [download]
 
 

Neglected and Abused Abroad: A Look at the Severe Mistreatment of Individuals with Disabilities Around the World and How the US Can Help

A Report from the CCD International Task Force

With the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities potentially before the Senate this fall, the CCD International Task Force developed this report on the conditions faced by people with disabilities around the world and why the US must ratify the Convention.

 
 
 

AUCD Legislative News
In Brief

4/14/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue of Legislative News In Brief covered the new 6 by 15 campaign, budget and appropriations, a DOJ settlement in Rhode Island, FDA meeting on aversive devices, health care for military connected children, and more!

4/4/2014

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue of AUCD Legislative News In Brief covered the Ryan Budget, Combating Autism Act Reauthorization, Medicare provider payments and tax policy.


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AUCD Legislative Priorities

 

4/13/2013

AUCD Legislative Priorities: 113th Congress

Federal Funding and Fiscal Policy; Medicaid and Long Term Services and Supports; Health Care Reform; Combating Autism Act; Developmental Disabilities Act; Family Support; Research and Data Collection; Education; Employment; Rights; Transportation; Social Security; Tax Policy. AUCD calls upon Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to address the pressing needs of our citizens with disabilities. Gridlock has serious consequences for these individuals.

 

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Senate Accessibility Manual

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Mike Enzi (WY) published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the US Capitol Complex.

This manual includes a variety of ideas and suggestions to help address the needs of staff, constituents, and visitors with accessibility needs, including: basic rules of etiquette; locations of accessible routes and entrances; accessible room design; and emergency evacuation procedures.

Please feel free to use this manual as you develop policies and procedures for accommodating individuals with accessibility needs, whether they are visiting our nation's capital or working in a Congressional office.

PDF here.

DOC here.