As many of us are aware, Congress and the new administration is currently trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare. The timing is unclear but the expected vote is to happen before President’s Day, February 20, 2017.
Enactment of the ACA was the most significant law for people with disabilities since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. The ACA brings comprehensive reforms that benefit Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination based on health status and improving access to care.
How It Affects You
Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities rely on their health coverage to maintain their independence and meet their medical needs. To eliminate the ACA, or to eliminate the ACA without simultaneously replacing it with a functionally equivalent alternative, jeopardizes this progress and puts ongoing access to comprehensive, affordable coverage at risk for people with disabilities.
Learn more about How People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Benefit from ACA
The Arc of the U.S. has created a quick two-page fact sheet to outline how people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Benefit from ACA. Click here to read more about the ACA and how it affects people with disabilities. If this fight is lost, health care unravels with major impacts on Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security and Supplemental Security Income.
You can make a difference!
We ask that you call your US Congress member and strongly urge them to oppose any repeal of the ACA without a replacement plan that maintains or improves existing coverage and access to healthcare for people with disabilities. Click here for a sample script to help guide you when crafting your own personal message. Here is a link to help you find your US Congress member. If you have any issues getting through to your representative, contact Ann Mangelsdorf at 314-817-2275.
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