Health Reform Hub
Explore AUCD's Health Reform Hub to find out everything you need to know about the health reform law and its impact on people with disabilities and their families. The buttons below provide quick links to key ACA facts and up-to-date information on where the states stand implementing the law. Scroll down for more information on ACA Funding Opportunities, the Medicaid Expansion, Health Insurance Marketplaces, and other implementation efforts.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration's work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes.
The ACA (particularly 1557, the nondiscrimination provision) and federal civil rights laws (including 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act) require that individuals with disabilities have access to the federal and state marketplaces as well as the health plans offering insurance through the marketplaces. This document provides a checklist of recommendations advocates can use to encourage their states to address the needs of consumers with disabilities.
Financial Alignment Demonstrations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Compared: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Washington
The brief compares the states' plans to test capitated models for the first four states listed, and a managed fee-for-service model planned in Washington state which seek to better integrate care and align financing for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Key comparison points included in the brief are the target populations, enrollment methodology, care delivery models, benefits, and financing. The brief also includes a list of health plans by states that are participating in the demonstrations.
Other Helpful Websites
The Health Care and You Coalition created HealthCareandYou.org to be a resource to help Americans understand the Affordable Care Act and how the health care law impacts them.
Part of Healthcare.gov, this website offers information about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan created by the Affordable Care Act to insure individuals with pre-existing conditions until the law takes full effect in 2014.
A new national advocacy organization dedicated to the implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act found in the Affordable Care Act.
The Department of Health and Human Services online gateway providing comprehensive information about the Affordable Care Act
Explore coverage options, learn about prevention, understand the new law and how it relates to you, and much more.
KFF's online gateway providing easy access to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law.
Health Reform resources related to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care insurance and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
Find resources and view archived briefings on health care reform and related topics.
AUCD is a member of the CHF, the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments.
|Understand the Law
Summaries and tools to understand the Patient Protection and Affordable
Recent funding announcements and opportunities.
|Implementation, Regulations, and Guidance
Implementation of key provisions scheduled to take effect, explanation of regulations, and guidance on provisions.
Updates from the states and federal government on the expansion of Medicaid.
|Health Insurance Marketplaces
Information and resources on the Health Insurance Exchanges, now called Marketplaces.
|Integrated Care Initiatives
Learn about efforts to integrate care for those eligible for both Medicaid
|Resources from Others
Additional resources from other organizations and advocacy groups.
|Legislative and Legal Challenges
Information related to repeal attempts and the Supreme Court case.