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.

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 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.

Other Resources

Current Health Care Headlines

Health Care – The Capitol Insider
Health Care – House Passes and President Obama Vetoes Health Care Legislation

On January 6th, the House voted 240-181 to pass H.R. 3762, “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” which repeals substantial parts of the Affordable Care Act. On January 8th President Obama vetoed the legislation. The package, which the Senate passed in … Continue reading


The post Health Care – House Passes and President Obama Vetoes Health Care Legislation appeared first on The Capitol Insider.



Monday, January 11, 2016 12:44:51 PM

Health – Congress Delays Implementation of Harmful Complex Wheelchair Components Proposal

On December 18, The House and Senate passed S. 2425, the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act.” The bill includes, among other bipartisan Medicare provisions, a one-year delay preventing CMS from inappropriately restricting access to critical complex wheelchair components, which was slated … Continue reading


The post Health – Congress Delays Implementation of Harmful Complex Wheelchair Components Proposal appeared first on The Capitol Insider.



Monday, December 21, 2015 12:43:37 PM

Health Care — Open Enrollment Began November 1st

Now is the time for individuals who are uninsured or looking for affordable health insurance to investigate the private health insurance plans available through state marketplaces (to find your state information visit the health care website).  During “open enrollment”, a person … Continue reading


The post Health Care — Open Enrollment Began November 1st appeared first on The Capitol Insider.



Monday, December 14, 2015 9:31:39 AM

Our Legislative Agenda for Health Care

Committees of Jurisdiction

Key Provisions in Health Care Reform

CCD Health Task Force

What is the CCD?

Helpful Links