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Disability Community Letter to CMS re: Behavioral Health Services and Olmstead

This letter can be viewed as a PDF here. Administrator Tavenner’s response from February 2015 is available as a scanned PDF here, and as a converted Word document here. Honorable Marilyn Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244 September 29, 2014 Dear...

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ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on New Home and Community-Based Settings Rules

ASAN has published a toolkit for advocates, families and administrators on how to ensure that people with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services in integrated settings that offer full access to the community. Home and community-based services are an important source of support for many people with disabilities who need...

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ASAN Statement on Autism CARES Act

In response to this week’s introduction of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (S.2449) and the markup of H.R. 4631, the House equivalent, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has issued the following statement: ASAN is pleased to note that both the Senate and...

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ACTION ALERT: Call On Congress to Oppose H.R. 4631, the Combating Autism Re-Authorization Act

Tomorrow at 2 PM, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee will be taking a step to advance H.R. 4631, which would reauthorize the Combating Autism Act. The current version of the bill continues to exclude autistic people from the federal committee that oversees autism research (the Interagency Autism...

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ASAN Letter Expressing Concern re: House Subcommittee Hearing on Autism

Dear Chairman Mica and Ranking Member Connolly: On behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the nation’s leading advocacy organization run by and for autistic people, I write to express concern about the upcoming May 20th, 2014 Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing entitled “Examining the Federal Response to Autism...

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The Case for Designating People with I/DD as MUP

There are millions of Americans with disabilities lacking adequate health care because of a lack of primary care providers who are properly trained to treat them. In 2000, Healthy People 2020 cautioned that “as a potentially underserved group, people with disabilities would be expected to experience disadvantages in health...

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Organ Transplantation and People with Disabilities: A Toolkit for State Advocates

ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Ending Discrimination in Organ Transplantation ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help combat disability-based discrimination in organ transplantation.  ...

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Memorandum on CAA Re-Authorization

Memorandum on CAA Re-Authorization Date: January 26th, 2014 To: Members of Congress and relevant staff From: Ari Ne’eman, President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self Advocacy Network   Subject: Upcoming Re-Authorization of the Combating Autism Act   This memorandum articulates the position of...

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ASAN Legal Analysis Memo on President’s Authority to Prohibit Subminimum Wage for Employees of Federal Contractors

This week, President Obama announced in his State of the Union address a forthcoming executive order requiring that all employees of federal contractors make at least $10.10/hour. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the President’s commitment to a living wage for low-income workers, yet is profoundly concerned by reports...

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Policy Brief: Healthcare Transition For Youth With I/DD

ASAN has released a new policy brief on addressing the health care needs of autistic youth as they transition to adulthood. The brief, funded by the Special Hope Foundation, provides recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care,...

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