HOW WILL THEAFFORDABLE CARE ACTIMPACT YOU?Second Life PresentationFebruary 27th, 2013
"Of all of the forms ofinequality, injustice inhealth care is the mostshocking and inhumane.”-- Martin Luther King Jr., addressing the MedicalCommittee for Human Rights in Chicago, 1966
What are the basic components of theAffordable Care Act?• Expansion of access to insurance• Increased consumer protection• Increased emphasis on health prevention and wellness• Improvement of the quality and performance of the health care system• Expansion of the health care workforce• Works to curb rising health care costs
Expanded Access to Insurance Coverage• Development of high risk insurance pools• Creation of health insurance “exchanges”• Health insurance coverage for dependents until age 26
Impacts on Medicaid• Community First Choice Option• Improved coverage of anti-seizure, anti-spasm and anti-anxiety medications• Medicaid Health Homes• Extension of Money Follows the Person Program
Increased Consumer Protections• Pre-existing conditions – no longer can you be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions• Prohibits discrimination based on disability• Prohibits rescissions• Bans annual and lifetime limits
Emphasizes health care prevention andwellness• Increased funding for immunizations, screenings for diabetes and depression, autism screening for children and developmental screenings.• Creates the Prevention and Public Health Fund to study and promote health and wellness and develop public health priorities
Improvement of the Quality andPerformance of the Health Care System• Requires disability awareness training for all medical professionals• Development of stands for accessibility of all medical equipment,• Requires federal government to collect health survey data from people with disabilities in order to better understand their health care needs.
Expansion of Health Care Work Force• Expansion of nursing work force• Expansion of primary medical care• Expansion of community based services
Decreases Rising Health Care Costs• Health Insurance Exchanges• Provider Incentives• Innovation Center
Potential Negative Effects• Individual Mandate• Purchase of wheelchairs may be eliminated• Increases tax on durable medical equipment• Limitation of choices for wheelchairs and other equipment
In Summary• For those who are disabled and their caregivers it appears that the ACA offers positive benefits with a few potential negative ramifications.• In general, a step forward in addressing health care inequity and injustice.