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June 3, 2024 | Rebecca Kinney, Director, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling
Each year, Medicare loses an estimated $60 billion due to fraud, errors, and abuse. Fraud happens every day — from charges for supplies that were never received to coercion to share financial information and Medicare numbers. Fraud can happen to anyone, and its impact on individuals and families…
May 29, 2024 | Dana Fink
At least one-third of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) also have a mental health disability. I am proud to be one of them and to be able to work on programs at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) that facilitate our meaningful engagement in the community. As…
May 28, 2024 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round-Up: Updated guidance on voting rights of people with disabilities from DOJ. Final DOL rule extends overtime pay, with implications for HCBS. New HCBS quality improvement resources from CMS. Input needed: Wireless Emergency Alerts Template in languages including ASL (Comments…
May 28, 2024 | Kari Benson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Have you ever tried to make an important call only to realize your phone battery is too low? What if you needed to call 911 to get help? Keeping our rechargeable devices powered up can be an important part of staying safe and healthy. The same is true of people and communities. Keeping them powered…
May 1, 2024 | Alison Barkoff
Performing the duties of ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging  Final Section 504 Rule Will Be a Critical Tool for Fighting Discrimination Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made disability rights history with the release of a long-awaited final…
April 30, 2024 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round-Up: Input needed: HHS, DOJ, and FTC seek input on private equity in health care (Comments due 5/6). DOJ finalizes web accessibility rule for state and local government sites and apps. FDA authorizes Pemgarda monoclonal antibody to help prevent COVID-19 for immunocompromised…
April 30, 2024 |
To close Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we are sharing this letter from Alison Barkoff, who leads ACL, Jeff Hild, who leads the Administration for Children and Families, and Admiral Rachel Levine, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, which was written to improve support for people with…
April 24, 2024 | Alison Barkoff
Performing the duties of ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging As we shared earlier in the week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services rule (Access Rule) on Monday. It includes new requirements related to the…
April 17, 2024 | Lori Gerhard, Director, Office of Interagency Innovation and Robert Groenendaal, Assistive Technology Program Manager
Today, as we celebrate National AT Awareness Day, we recognize the importance of AT devices and services in making community living a reality for millions across the country. Assistive technology (AT) is any item, device, or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the independence and…
April 15, 2024 |
In April, ACL observes National Financial Capability Month, which was created to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy — and the need for financial education — for all Americans. Understanding how to manage money is crucial to financial independence for everyone. For many people…

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