September 1, 2021 |
A guest blog post for Suicide Prevention Month. Contributors: Laura Shannonhouse, Afroze Shaikh, Matthew Fullen, Hannah Cowart, Jordan Westcott, and Brittany Jones Since 2017, ACL’s Administration on Aging has funded “Innovations in Nutrition” grants to support the testing and documentation of…
August 5, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
The ACL Policy Round Up is a new blog feature intended to help the aging and disability networks stay informed about new policies (and policy changes) that impact our work, and to ensure our networks are aware of opportunities to provide input on issues that affect older adults and people with…
August 2, 2021 | Tisamarie Sherry, MD, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary; & Emma Plourde, BS, Public Health Analyst; Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
ASPE/BHDAP Announces $1.5 Million Investment in ID/DD Data Infrastructure As HHS commemorates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP) is working to advance data capacity to generate evidence to implement…
July 30, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
  Summary:  Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded the “public charge” rule implemented in 2019. This means that receiving or applying for most Medicaid benefits, public housing, or nutrition assistance are no longer grounds for denying an individual seeking a visa…
July 30, 2021 | Mary Willard, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
Equal access to health care is one of the rights guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In this guest blog, Mary Willard, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), talks about how Centers for Independent Living…
July 26, 2021 |
Courtney Felle, an intern in ACL’s Center for Policy and Evaluation, shares a personal reflection on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the future of disability advocacy. I was born disabled at the end of 1999, nearly a decade after the historic passage of the…
July 21, 2021 | Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
I am a brown, disabled, adopted woman who acquired transverse myelitis as an infant, and I use a manual wheelchair. My experiences growing up with these identities shaped those I developed later—who I am as a person, researcher, and activist. I am proud of all of my identities, and I am excited to…
July 16, 2021 | By: Vicki Gottlich, Esq., Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation
On July 13, an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) was published in the Federal Register that implements requirements set forth in the No Surprises Act to establish protections against surprise billing and excessive cost-sharing in health care. Surprise billing can occur when someone…
June 30, 2021 | A guest blog by Paula Basta, M.Div., Director, Illinois Department on Aging
Aging can be a challenge for any community. But the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults bring distinct challenges. It is estimated that 4.3% of the adult population of Illinois identify as LGBTQ+. The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) mission is to provide high-quality, person-centered care to all…
June 28, 2021 | Rohmteen Mokhtari, ACL Public Affairs
Pride month is a time of celebration for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community - including the many LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. It also is a time to honor the impact and sacrifice of early advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, and those who continue the fight today.…

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