On June 28, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling ensures access to and affordability of health care coverage for all Americans.
"To say that the Supreme Court's decision is monumental for the disability community would be an enormous understatement. It brings peace of mind to 22 million families who have loved ones living with significant disabilities and millions with chronic diseases," said Paul J. Tobin, United Spinal's President and CEO.
Some of the benefits of Affordable Care Act include:
No one will be denied health coverage or charged a premium due to a pre-existing condition, such as spinal cord injuries and disorders.
States are incentivized to advance home and community-based services and supports and reduce institutionalization for Medicaid long-term care coverage.
Women cannot continue to be discriminated against in the pricing of their health insurance premiums.
Seniors and people with disabilities will have access to affordable prescription drugs under Medicare and free access to preventive services like colonoscopies and mammograms.
About United Spinal Association United Spinal is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.
About American Association on Health and Disability The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness in children and adults with disabilities. AAHD serves public health professionals with an interest in disability. AAHD achieves its mission through advocacy, research, education and public awareness at the national, state and local level. AAHD is committed to reducing health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population and reduce the incidence of secondary conditions in people with disabilities. Learn more about AAHD at www.aahd.us