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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Health Care – The Capitol Insider
Prevention/Health – Webinar Launching Drive to Eliminate Lead Poisoning

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is holding a webinar to launch Find It, Fix It, Fund It: a Lead Elimination Action Drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm, EDT. The drive has four components: a National Roundtable … Continue reading


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Monday, May 23, 2016 3:49:55 PM

Prevention/Health – House and Senate Pass Zika Funding Bills

On May 18, the House passed a freestanding $622 million funding bill, the Zika Response Appropriations Act (H.R. 5243), to address the Zika virus. The costs for this supplemental spending bill are fully offset by using $352 million in “unobligated” … Continue reading


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Monday, May 23, 2016 3:47:14 PM

Health/Rights – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Releases Final Rule on Non-Discrimination in Federally Funded Health Programs

On Friday, May 13, HHS released an advanced notice of a final ruleimplementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule clarifies the responsibilities of covered providers and insurers regarding non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, … Continue reading


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