March 01, 2015

The Affordable Care Act and People with Disabilities

Silvia Yee

The significance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for many solo practitioners and attorneys who work in smaller partnerships and practices extends beyond the law’s relevance to clients. The ACA increases insurance options for attorneys without employment insurance and makes affordable insurance a possibility for attorneys with disabilities, chronic conditions, or dependents who have disabilities. Obtaining insurance is not, however, the same as having adequate coverage, and the American health care system remains complex and difficult to navigate even after ACA-initiated reforms. Although the ACA made important changes to public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, this article will mostly focus on private health insurance reform and the marketplaces. As with any major legal change, there is some good news and some not-so-good news. Following are some of the major health care reforms and remaining barriers for people with disabilities.

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