Health Care Guiding Principles

Principles on health care advocacy for people with disabilities

Below is a set of principles that guide Access Living's Health Care Advocacy work. The principles revolve around consumer control, choices, access and independence. For a more detailed explanation of each guiding principle, download the attached document.

Principle 1: Participant Enrollment

Participant enrollment must be voluntary, based on informed choice, and respectful of existing provider relationships.

Principle 2: Consumer Voice

The consumer voice must be incorporated into the design, implementation and monitoring of the program, and individual consumer rights must be protected.

Principle 3: Person Centered Care

Person–centered care must treat the whole person, and must be meaningfully directed and led by the individual.

Principle 4: Delivery System

The delivery system must include medical homes and a broad network of providers and must ensure the full range of Medicare and Medicaid services, long term services and supports.

Principle 5: Cultural Competence and Health Disparities

Health care providers must have the capacity to provide services appropriate to the complex needs of a diverse population.

Principle 6: Financing Mechanisms

Payments must reward increased quality of health outcomes rather than reduction in costs, and any savings must be shared in order to support enhanced services.

Principle 7: Quality Measurement

Consumer perspectives must be central to the assessment of services provided by the health care system.