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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.


The Latest News on NDRN's Work on Health Care

May 1, 2017

Here we go again!  Despite nationwide opposition to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Congress is trying yet again. They never learn, do they? This time, they have proposed changes to the disastrous American Health Care Act (AHCA) which only make the bill worse. Don't be fooled! This version of the AHCA is just another attempt to leave Americans - especially Americans with disabilities - with fewer options and more expensive health insurance. Take action here.

February 17, 2017

The House of Representatives is expected to introduce a bill to cut Medicaid and the ACA on February 27 and to begin committee work immediately. The result would be two major blows to individuals with disabilities. Reach out to your Federal and state legislators and the Governor’s office in your state and tell them that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with a plan that CUTS Medicaid is unacceptable.

People’s health, services, and lives are at stake! We need you to reach out to your Senators and Representatives to let them know why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families and to vote against legislation that removes important protections for people with disabilities. Also, reach out to your state representatives and governors to make them know of the importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid to you and your family.

Click here to send a message to your lawmakers!

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.

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Health Care Publications

Devaluing People with Disabilities: Medical Procedures that Violate Civil Rights

In a first of its kind study, NDRN determined that performing certain medical procedures or withholding life sustaining treatment in non-terminal situations without judicial review violates the civil rights of people with disabilities. Read more.