Congress is on the fast track to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are many, many advocates fighting to preserve the insurance provisions of the ACA – known as ObamaCare, but virtually no one is talking about the disability-specific aspects of the law. Here are four important provisions in the ACA that are critical for the Disability Community.
- The ACA prohibited discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions by insurance companies.
- The ACA extended Money Follows the Person, a Republican New Freedom initiative that is liberating thousands of disabled people from institutions, but that program is ending because of Congressional inaction.
- The ACA established the Community First Choice Option a Medicaid option that incentivizes states to FREE OUR PEOPLE from nursing facilities and institutions.
- The ACA authorized accessibility standards for Diagnostic Medical Equipment so people with disabilities could get access to preventative healthcare screenings and appropriate diagnostic testing.
Congress is acting swiftly to repeal the ACA, but most members of Congress have no idea that these provisions were even included in the ACA! We cannot rely on other groups to defend our interests and issues. The Disability Community – itself – needs to act now!
Sign your organization on to this important letter to preserve Community First Choice Option and these other disability-specific provisions in the Affordable Care Act.