NDRN believes individuals with disabilities have the equal right to access high-quality, affordable healthcare that meets the specific needs of the individual and includes mental health services. To achieve these goals, the Network's efforts at the state and local level include individual casework and community training programs. At the national level NDRN advocates for public policies that support access to quality health care and services for individuals with disabilities.
ACT TODAY TO PROTECT HEALTH CARE!
Background Information: Congressional leaders have declared that one of their first goals in the new Congress is to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) and “replace” it. While Congress has passed many bills to repeal the ACA in the past, it was clear that President Obama would veto them. But this is not the case with President-elect Donald Trump who says he will sign an ACA repeal bill.
We must educate our Members of Congress about why the ACA is so important to everyone, but especially to people with disabilities.
2) Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. Tell your Senator:
3) Tweet your Senators with the following sample tweets:
4) Share these ideas through social media. Copy and paste this link on your Facebook page: http://www.ndrn.org/en/public-policy/healthcare.html.
There are many provisions in the ACA that support the health and well-being of people with disabilities that cannot be lost or the impact will be devastating on people with disabilities:
There are countless other provisions in the ACA that are important to people with disabilities. The ACA has unquestionably improved access to care for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to help them live healthy, independent, and fulfilling lives.
The Latest News on NDRN's Work on Health Care
January 9, 2017
NDRN responded to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for recommendations of federal government interventions to ensure the timely provision of quality home and community based services (HCBS).The comments expressed appreciation for strides CMS has made to promote community integration and self-direction for persons with disabilities instead of institutions and urged CMS to do more to incentivize HCBS, increase the provider workforce and address lack of integrated housing and employment. We also request CMS support for a P&A health advocacy program to supplement CMS oversight of HCBS settings and to represent individuals with disabilities enrolled in Medicaid managed care. The comments can be downloaded here.