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The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) | Ari Ne’eman
September 2013 | Report/Brief

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge. While passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-148) certainly is beneficial for people with I/DD, access to health insurance coverage has not been a challenge – most already have coverage through existing public and private health insurance options. The real struggle occurs in obtaining access to quality healthcare services in their communities.

This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD, encouraging the successful implementation of its provisions, exploring the expected opportunities associated with laws scheduled to go into effect over the next few years, and examining the expected policy reforms to Medicaid, private insurance and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system.