Health Care


AUCD works on all of the issues encompassed in the very broad term "health care" for people with disabilities. Specific emphasis is placed on a community rather than institutional bias in affordable, equal access to health care. This includes private health insurance, public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, managed care, as well as quality assurance and consumer education protections.

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).





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.





AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the Credit for Caring Act of 2016

AUCD signed onto a letter in support of the Credit for Caring Act of 2016, which amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by adding a nonrefundable tax credit for working family caregivers.



AUCD signed onto a Letter in favor of HRSA Appropriations

AUCD signed on to a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees that supported the allocation of $7.48 billion in discretionary funding to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for FY2017. The letter was sent by the Friends of HRSA, a national coalition of organizations focused on supporting public health programs. HRSA plays an essential role in providing vital treatment and support services for individuals living in underserved, at-risk areas and helps minimize health disparities across the U.S. AUCD strongly recommends that Congress provide appropriate funds.



Zika Emergency Funding Request

Letter to Senators Cochran, Mikulski, Blunt and Murray, and Representatives Rogers, Lowey, Cole and DeLauro

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we are writing in support of the President�s $1.8 billion emergency funding request and for sustained federal funding related to responding to the Zika virus via public health programs. The effects on fetuses and newborns, including the devastating effects on the developing fetal brain, is a major health concern related to Zika infection. The health of women, infants and children is central to our mission, and we believe that the response by the government at home and abroad is essential to ensure that the American people are protected.


Related Links


Health Reform GPS

A project of the George Washington University Hirsch Health Law and Policy Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This website provides detailed analysis and commentary on health reform implementation updates including regulatory decisions.


Families USA: Health Reform Central

Families USA explains key implementation developments


The Catalyst Center: A Catalyst for Change

The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care insurance and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Health reform information focused on children and youth with special health care needs.


Advance Class Website

A national advocacy organization dedicated the implementation of a strong and vital long-term services and supports program.

CCD Health Task Force


The Alliance for Health Reform

Find resources and view archived briefings on health care reform and related topics.


National Institutes of Health


Coalition for Health Funding

AUCD is a member of the CHF, the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments.