Health and Disability Policy

Access Living Health Policy work seeks to revise the role of health care in the lives of people with disabilities, and to support a shift in health-related industries towards valuing the self-determination of people with disabilities. Through community education, organizing, policy/legislation monitoring and legal action, Access Living seeks to capitalize on more than 30 years of consumer-led advocacy to shape health care as a human right for all.

Health and Disability policy efforts are geared toward:

1. creating consumer controlled health care options for people with disabilities;
2. addressing disability-related disparities and discrimination in health insurance and social safety net provider programs;
3. ensuring the civil right of people with disabilities to live in the community, not institutions or nursing homes; and
4. increased safety and accessibility in the health care community.

Our health and disability policy work focuses on three core areas of concern:

Financing health care for people with disabilities: addressing disability-related disparities and discrimination in health insurance and social safety net provider programs, including supporting people on Medicaid with services in communities rather than institutions, and rebalancing our state’s spending on long term care services towards home and community based services

Olmstead enforcement: ensuring the civil right of people with disabilities to live in the community, not institutions or nursing homes

Hospital access: ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to all forms of medical services in order to live healthy lives, and ensuring that providers have the knowledge and capacity to serve people with disabilities

To address these three areas of concern, Access Living pursues a policy agenda geared toward access, community choices, and quality, well-funded health options for people with disabilities.