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Posted July 24, 2017

CHADD Position Statement on Controlled Substances Measures

CHADD has become aware of state and local policies, including legislation and
regulations, intended to address the misuse of opioids, but which may have unintended
consequences for children and adults prescribed FDA-approved medications to treat attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Read the full statement.

Posted May 15, 2017

CHADD’s Position on Patient Access to ADHD Medications

CHADD ascribes to six principles regarding access to medications indicated to treat attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Read the full statement. 

Posted May 15, 2017

American Health Care Act

The House of Representatives had been preparing to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) and replace them with alternative coverage policies. At this time, the House is not moving forward with a vote on the AHCA.
Read the summary.
Read the full report.
Posted March 24, 2017

Health Insurance Coverage and ADHD

In September 2016, CHADD conducted a survey about health insurance coverage and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States. More than 1500 people from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. took part in the online survey and answered 15 anonymous questions about their personal experiences seeking access to services and medications for their, or a family member’s ADHD. Read the full preliminary report.
Posted November 15, 2016

Targeted Case Management

If you or your child receive Medicaid, you may be eligible to receive a service called targeted case management. A case manager can coordinate services across several different providers and also assist with referrals for other services such as housing, education, and social supports. Targeted case management is especially useful for anyone under Medicaid that has co-occurring disorders or works with several different systems of care.

Currently the Department of Health and Human Services has issued draft regulations that would severely restrict the provision of targeted case management in Medicaid and is anticipating saving $1.28 billion over the next five years. A period of public feedback is required before these regulations become final.

If you have ever had to coordinate services across several different doctors or clinics, you know how essential this service can be for those with complex medical conditions. When there are special needs for education, housing and other support services as well as medical services, coordination is absolutely crucial. Because so many children and adults with ADHD have co-occurring disorders, CHADD is concerned about these regulations. We have joined with many other disability groups in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to express our concerns; you can read our comments here. CHADD will keep you updated about the final outcome.
Posted February 5, 2008

Insurance Coverage for College Students with Medical Needs

Senator John Sununu (R-NH) has introduced legislation—known as “Michelle’s Law”—to amend both the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. If passed, the law would ensure that dependent students who take a medically necessary leave of absence do not lose health insurance coverage. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) are the bill’s co-sponsors. CHADD supports legislation that assists persons with disabilities and medical needs to participate in school programs. Read more about Michelle's Law.
Posted January 23, 2008

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