Why It Matters
For decades, people with I/DD have been left behind in our nation’s health care system. People with disabilities face discrimination and barriers to accessing affordable and quality health care. People with I/DD are also more likely to live in poverty and cannot afford cost-sharing. Even when services are available in a community, many people with I/DD lack adequate public or private insurance to pay for them.
With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), significant progress was made toward accomplishing our nation’s goal of universal access to high-quality, affordable health care for all people with disabilities. The ACA includes historic coverage expansions; nondiscrimination and health insurance reforms; strengthened prevention provisions; numerous enhancements to Medicare and Medicaid; and other provisions that significantly benefit people with disabilities.
What The Arc Is Doing
The Affordable Care Act Private Marketplace
One major part of the ACA, the Private Marketplace, began offering health insurance in every state on October 1, 2013. HealthCare.gov provides information on coverage options in each state and shows which private insurance plans, public programs, and community services are available to individuals.
How You Can Help
Advocate for access to affordable health care with your representatives in Congress!