Disability Policy Seminar Resources Now Available
This past April, the Disability Policy Seminar was held in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Arc, UCP, AAIDD, AUCD, NACDD, and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, the Disability Policy Seminar provided the opportunity for attendees to hear from leading public policy experts, disability advocates, and Congressional staff on current key policies important to the disability community. Resources and information including educational fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, and Federal funding can be found here.
ADDA signs letter to Congress to protect Medicaid stability protections.
On February 8, ADDA signed on to a letter with other national organizations urging Members of Congress to oppose efforts to weaken stability protections in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Through the Affordable Care Act, an important provision ensures stable Medicaid and CHIP coverage by requiring states to hold steady on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for adults until 2014 and for children until 2019. However, some of the nation's Governors are seeking to eliminate this important stability protection in the face of budget challenges. The letter also reminds Members of Congress that Medicaid and CHIP have been a key source of health coverage stability for millions of the nation's low-income children and families, seniors, and people with disabilities, and that over 50 million people rely on Medicaid and CHIP for access to critical health care services such as mental health treatment that they could not otherwise afford.
The letter was sent from national organizations such as ADDA on behalf of Families USA, which is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
To learn more about this issue, read Repealing Health Reform’s Maintenance of Effort Provision Could Cause Millions of Children, Parents, Seniors, and People With Disabilities to Lose Coverage, by Judith Solomon from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
After Supreme Court Victory for Health Insurance Reforms, Work Turns to the States for Now-Optional Medicaid Expansion
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), a watershed reform of health care in this country, has withstood legal challenges as the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld nearly all of the health reform law. Following this judgment, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law will soon release a tool explaining the ACA's many opportunities for states to improve services for people with serious mental disorders. Read more...