Health Care Issues for People with Disabilities

UPDATE: Critical Information About the Health Care Reform Law

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous provisions affecting health insurance for individuals and employers. The ACA reforms health insurance practices, gives states the option to expand Medicaid, establishes private health insurance marketplaces, requires plans to include essential health benefits and much more. For a more comprehensive discussion of these issues see our ACA information.

ACA information

    ACA Toolkit      


The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Enactment of health care reform, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It will bring about comprehensive reforms that will benefit Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination based on health status and improving access to care. Read The Arc’s in-depth guide for advocates on the ACA, and read a one page summary of the guide for a shorter version. Watch the video below to learn about how the ACA works and how it will benefit all Americans.

One major part of the ACA, the Private Marketplace, will begin offering health insurance in every state on October 1, 2013. provides information on coverage options in each state and shows which private insurance plans, public programs, and community services are available to individuals.

Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace & your new coverage options.

ACA Impact on Nonprofit Employers

The ACA builds on our current system of employer-sponsored health insurance. To learn more about how the ACA impacts non-profit employers see the most recent issue of National Policy Matters, The Affordable Care Act: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know.