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The Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities
820 First Street, NE, Ste. 740
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 567-3516 phone
(202) 408-9520 fax
Email: Info@c-c-d.org

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TASK FORCES
 

Mission

The CCD Health Task Force works to ensure access to high quality, accessible, affordable health care for people with disabilities and complex conditions of all ages that meets their individual needs and enables them to be healthy, live as independently as possible, and participate in the community. We work to promote access to comprehensive coverage and eliminate discrimination, disparities and inequities for people with disabilities within and across health care payers, providers, and systems. We recognize that racist and ableist structures, policies and practices have caused and continue to cause disproportionately worse outcomes for Black, Indigenous and other people of color with disabilities. And just as race and disability discrimination intersect, social determinants of health and compounding inequities related to age, size, national origin, immigration status, language, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, can further reduce access to care and community for people with disabilities. Our advocacy prioritizes recognizing such inequities and championing policies that will reduce and eventually eliminate them.

Co-chairs

  • Caroline Bergner
    American Speech Language Hearing Association
    301-296-5677
    cbergner@asha.org

  • Cinnamon St. John
    Chiplin Medicare & Health Policy Fellow
    Center for Medicare Advocacy
    (202) 293-5760 DC
    (860) 456-7790 CT
    cstjohn@medicareadvocacy.org>

  • David Machledt
    National Health Law Program (NHELP)
    202-289-7661 phone 
    202-289-7724 fax 
    machledt@healthlaw.org

  • Peter Thomas
    Brain Injury Association of America
    202-466-6550 phone 
    202-785-1756 fax 
    peter.thomas@ppsv.com 

  ACTIVITIES
Health Task Force
CCD Re: Support for Washington State’s Section 1332 Waiver Application
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities (CCD) appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on Washington State’s Section 1332 Waiver Application (the waiver). We write in strong support of the waiver as an important step to improve health coverage for Washington State residents, including people with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
(July 14,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
CCD and NHLP Letter To HUD
As rents soar across the country and the market becomes increasingly competitive, it is critical to keep HUD housing programs accessible to people with disabilities. The National Housing Law Project and the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities write today to urge HUD to adopt our regulatory recommendations related to the treatment of disbursements from Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) and to illustrate how HUD’s current interpretation of its income rules is creating harmful outcomes for assisted families. HUD must amend 24 CFR Sec. 5.609(c) to clarify that disbursements of principal from SNTs are excluded from income if the source of the funds were otherwise excluded.
(July 12,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
Request for Information: Access to Coverage and Care in Medicaid & CHIP
Objective 1: Medicaid and CHIP reaches people who are eligible and who can benefit from such coverage. CMS is interested in identifying strategies to ensure that individuals eligible for Medicaid and CHIP are aware of coverage options and how to apply for and retain coverage. Eligible individuals should be able to apply, enroll in, and receive benefits in a timely and streamlined manner that promotes equitable coverage.
(April 18,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
CCD Health Task Force Letter on Access to Dental Surgical Services
The undersigned members of the CCD Health Task Force request that CMS take action to address a longstanding problem for Americans with disabilities: the lack of timely operating room access for individuals with disabilities in need of dental surgical services.
(March 24,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
CCD Health TF MA and Part D Programs Comment Letter
The undersigned members of the CCD Health Task Force and allies appreciate the opportunity to respond to the above referenced proposed rule and requests for information (RFIs). The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society free from racism, ableism, sexism, and xenophobia, as well as LGBTQ+ based discrimination and religious intolerance.
(March 7,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
CCD Health Task Force Letter on Covid Test Accessibility
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Health Task Force co-chairs write to you regarding President Biden’s rollout of the free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests for all people in the United States. CCD is deeply concerned for the people with disabilities in the United States who, because the tests are physically inaccessible to them, will not be able to take advantage of the rollout. We ask that the administration implement alternatives for these individuals.
(January 27,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
NBPP 2023 Health Task Force Comments Submitted
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities’ (CCD) Health Task force, we submit comments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2023 proposed rule (hereinafter NBPP 2023 Rule)
(January 27,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
Health Task Force
Health Task Force 2021 Annual Report
(January 11,  2022) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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