Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Health Care Reform and People With Disabilities

The Health care reform legislation passed Saturday by the House of Representatives is the "high water mark" for people with disabilities, advocates say, but the measure still has a long way to go as all eyes turn to the Senate, which must consider the legislation next.
The House bill, which comes after months of negotiation and heated debate, requires health insurers to offer more comprehensive coverage and to provide insurance to a wider swath of the population including those with pre-existing conditions. The measure would also create new long-term care options and expand Medicaid.
"The fact that the package has paid such attention to people with disabilities is very significant," says Marty Ford, chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

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