HEALTHCARE

FIRST FACT SHEET FOR THE NATIONAL DISABILITY NAVIGATOR RESOURCE COLLABORATIVE (NDNRC): "Comparing Health Plans' Benefits and Coverage Summaries" Jan 30, 2014

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the publication of the first fact sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). "Comparing Health Plans' Benefits and Coverage Summaries" is designed to inform navigators and other enrollment specialists about what people with disabilities need to look for in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage. The fact sheet can be found here: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ndnrc-materials/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-1/. The entire list of upcoming fact sheets is also available at: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ndnrc-materials/fact-sheets/. READ MORE

How the New Health Care Law Benefits People with Disabilities Feb 4, 2013

The health care law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in major part as constitutional on June 26, contains a number of provisions that benefit individuals with disabilities. Officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA" for short), the law bars group health plans and health insurers from rescinding individuals' health care coverage except in very limited situations, prohibits group plans and insurers from denying coverage to children younger than age 19 based on their pre-existing conditions (this applies to everyone regardless of age beginning in 2014), and prevents insurers from placing lifetime and annual dollar limits on most benefits. Here's a closer look at these and other ACA disability-friendly provisions. READ MORE

Attitudes, Attitudes, Attitudes Oct 13, 2011

BY H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD; DOLORES CANNELLA, PHD; AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON)

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry

When it comes to real estate, it’s always location, location, location. When it comes to individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities, it’s about attitudes, attitudes, attitudes—for both the individual with the special needs and the general public. When we “older folks” were growing up we were taught at an early age, “don’t stare,” “don’t make fun,” “just don’t …” when it came to individuals with special circumstances. READ MORE

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