Protecting Health Care Rights of Individuals with Disabilities
Accessible, community-based, non-discriminatory health care coverage and services for individuals with disabilities are an essential component of any health care system. Yet individuals with disabilities face discrimination in both health care coverage and services. The National Health Law Program promotes robust enforcement of federal laws designed to prohibit discrimination, including Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Protecting Medicaid is also central to our disability rights work, because Medicaid provides vital coverage and services for persons with disabilities, including services not generally covered by Medicare or private insurance, such as long-term care. In fact, Medicaid pays for approximately two-thirds of the country’s long-term services and supports. Medicaid has been a pioneer in creating home care options that allow individuals to stay out of nursing homes and other long-term facilities. These home and community based services improve outcomes, cost less, and facilitate greater community integration. Medicaid plans can also offer a range of other key services, including extensive coverage of community-based behavioral health services.
We advocate for state and federal health care laws and policies that meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and promotes greater community integration, partnering with state advocates to litigate when necessary.
- Featured Resource June 4, 2019Download publication
As part of Support for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 (Support Act), Congress requested MACPAC submit a report…
Disability Rights Resources
- October 22, 2019
Helping Families Obtain Durable Medical Equipment and Supplies Through The California Children’s Services (CCS) Program
This advocates issue brief provides the framework for accessing Durable Medical Equipment and medical supplies through the California Children's…
- October 21, 2019
Internal and External Review: Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans Managed Care in California Series Issue No. 4 (Revised October, 2019)
Federal and state law and the state and federal Constitutions require that enrollees in Medi-Cal managed care plans receive notice,…
- October 18, 2019
In comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NHeLP expresses strong opposition to the proposed rule…