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Topic: Disabilities



Because of the ACA, private insurance is an option for some people with disabilities. At the same time, the ACA, along with reforms at the state level, has sometimes narrowed the healthcare choices for this population. To receive necessary specialty care and live a healthy lifestyle, people with disabilities must have access to healthcare that meets their unique needs.


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Getting and Using Health Plan Evidence of Coverage

This fact sheet from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative is intended to help Navigators answer specific questions that people with disabilities might ask about getting and using health plans’ Evidence of Coverage documents when purchasers are considering buying health insurance through the Marketplace.

Comparing Summary of Benefits and Coverage for People with Disabilities 

This Q&A  from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative is intended to help Navigators answer questions that people with disabilities might ask about benefits and coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The ACA, Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This August 2013 presentation from AgeOptions covers the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, including provisions already in effect for people without Medicare and changes that would be in effect in 2014 for people without Medicare.

Community First Choice Option Section 1915(K)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing two rules that support State efforts to expand access to home and community based services (HCBS) for people with disabilities. This fact sheet describes the final rule entitled “Community First Choice Option.”

The ACA Will Not Replace Illinois Cares Rx

This chart by the Make Medicare Work Coalition compares the benefits in 2012 of Illinois Cares Rx to the Affordable Care Act benefits for people with disabilities and older adults. It demonstrates that ACA benefits would not fill the gap left by ending the state program.

Illinois Medicaid Integrated Care Program Advocacy Toolkit

This consumer guide can help you choose the ICP health plan that may work best for you. ICP is Illinois Medicaid’s mandatory new program for adults (over age 19) who have disabilities and receive SSI. Eligible people who live in the target areas for this program are getting letters from HFS in the mail. This consumer guide can help you choose the health plan that may work best for you.

Essential Health Benefits and People with Disabilities

This issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund examines how the ACA’s “essential health benefits” provision will help Americans with disabilities, who currently are subject to discrimination by insurers based on health status and health care need. (more…)

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