This Action Alert came to CDPAANYS via NYAIL and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
Act Now to Protect Healthcare & Medicaid!
The Senate is planning to pass a budget that will begin the process of repealing the ACA as soon as January 11. This is the first step in taking health care away before having a plan to replace it.
There is also talk about proposed changes to the Medicaid program to have it funded through block grants or per capita caps.
Read below to learn more about how each of these possibilities would be detrimental to the disability community should they come to fruition and be sure to follow our Call To Action!
The Affordable Care Act
There have been attempts to repeal the ACA in the past, but President Obama has made it clear that he would veto any repeal bills. President-Elect Trump has expressed his support for repealing the ACA. There are key provisions within the Affordable Care Act that support the health and well-being of people with disabilities. To name a few:
Health insurers cannot deny someone health insurance on the basis of a pre-existing condition, including a disability or chronic condition;
There are no arbitrary financial limits to how much healthcare an individual can receive in a year or in their lifetime;
More people with disabilities receive supports to live in the community of their choice rather than in an institution;
20 million adults and children have health insurance through Medicaid expansion and health insurance subsidies;
The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program that helps people with disabilities transition from institutions to the community was reauthorized and expanded;
The Community First Choice option (CFCO) was established, which increased the Federal Matching Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for states who provide new or expanded home and community based services (HCBS);
The U.S. Access Board was authorized to develop accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE);
Millions of young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26; and
Health insurers provide more people with the services they need – including mental health services and rehabilitation services and devices.