Health care protections under fire in Washington

When President Obama signed Health Care legislation in 2010, the new law included provisions that had never before been offered people with disabilities. For example, the legislation made it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

Other benefits of the law include:

Creating temporary high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions, offering premium credit subsidies for low-income individuals to buy insurance, establishing health insurance exchanges for small businesses and nonprofits, and expanding Medicaid to cover more people.

New long-term services and supports options, including the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) plan and new options to help people with disabilities live in the community. The CLASS Act is a critical new long term insurance program that will help support people with disabilities without requiring them to impoverish themselves. The Community First Choice Option is new Medicaid program which will offer comprehensive community-based services to people based on functional need.

Prevention programs with a focus on disabilities, data collection on disability health disparities, and improved training of doctors, dentists, and allied health professionals.

The law was a huge step forward for people with disabilities.Though health care legislation benefits people with disabilities,
the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced legislation to repeal the law. The House will vote on repeal tomorrow.

In the face of the vote, the disability community is organizing to protect the current health care law. People with disabilities are urged to contact their representatives and senators and urge them to preserve health care protections for people with disabilities.

To take action and reach out to your representatives, follow the “Related URL” link in the column to the right.

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