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.

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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 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. 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.

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.

Current Health Care Headlines

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Autism CARES Act Unanimously Passes Senate

Enactment by President Obama Expected Soon Last week, the Senate unanimously passed S. 2449, the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 (Autism CARES) Act. The Arc has long supported this legislation. The bill reauthorizes the Combating … Continue reading


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Monday, August 11, 2014 9:03:59 AM

Senate Passes Autism CARES Act

Late on July 31, the Senate unanimously passed “Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014” or the “Autism CARES Act” (S. 2449), sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) … Continue reading


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Monday, August 04, 2014 5:12:35 PM

Legislation Introduced to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Congress is considering what actions to take regarding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CHIP was enacted in 1997 and after FY 2015 there will be no new funds for the program.  CHIP has had bipartisan support and has helped … Continue reading


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Monday, August 04, 2014 5:05:34 PM

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