Health Care Issues for People with Disabilities

Now is the time to take a closer look at your health care needs and options. If you're uninsured or looking for more affordable health insurance and haven't looked at the Marketplace, you can purchase private health insurance coverage through the Marketplace. You must enroll before December 15 in order to have coverage on Jan 1. Open enrollment ends Feb 15. There are many things to consider even if you are already enrolled. View this flyer to find out what you should know, and possible changes to examine during this period of Open Enrollment. Enroll at healthcare.gov.

Watch this video to learn how the Affordable Care Act ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history.

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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 brings 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, began offering health insurance in every state on October 1, 2013. HealthCare.gov 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.

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Current Health Care Headlines

Health Care – The Capitol Insider
Health – Bipartisan Health Bills Move Forward

On October 4, The House Energy and Commerce Committee also approved several bills addressing a variety of issues supported by The Arc including extending funding for community health centers (H.R.3922), a two year extension of the Family to Family Health … Continue reading


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:05:05 PM

Health – CHIP Reauthorization Clears Senate and House Committees

On October 4, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act (S.1827). This bipartisan bill reauthorizes federal funding for the next five years to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a program which currently … Continue reading


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:04:39 PM

Health/Medicaid – Senate Declines to Vote on Repeal of the Affordable Care Act by Fiscal Year Deadline

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cancelled plans to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill. With Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 having ended on September 30, Congress can no longer use that fiscal year’s budget reconciliation process to … Continue reading


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