Capitol Correspondence - 03.10.20

ANCOR Joins Coalition Comments on Proposed Changes to Affordable Care Act Benefits

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As a member of the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation, ANCOR joined comments responding to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule to revise benefit and payment parameters within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule could have effects on services upon which people with disabilities rely, such as post- acute care.

As written in the comment letter:

“The Proposed Rule sets forth benefit and payment parameters, changes the automatic enrollment process, expands special enrollment periods, and sets out many other policies implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This comment letter will focus on key proposed provisions that specifically impact enrollees in need of medical rehabilitation and post-acute care. […]

The ACA includes statutory language that requires coverage of essential health benefits, including one of ten categories of benefits known as ‘rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.’ Inclusion of this language in the statute was a major milestone for the rehabilitation and disability community, in that Congress recognized the importance of these benefits to improve the health and functioning of the American people.”