Health Coverage and Benefits for People with Disabilities (PWD), Seniors with Disabilities (SWD) & Children with Disabilities (CWD) is lacking at the state level and federal level. Improving access and services for this population is the key to keeping people in their communities in Nevada and saving the government money in the future.
The health care system in the United States is complex, highly fragmented, and sometimes overly restrictive in terms of program eligibility. This leaves some people with disabilities with no health care coverage and others with cost-sharing obligations and limits on benefits that prevent them from obtaining health-preserving prescription medications, medical equipment, specialty care, dental and vision care, long-term care, and care coordination.
People with disabilities experience significant health disparities compared with people who do not have disabilities. Most Insurance providers are focused on disability and disease prevention instead of improving access to the quality and access to care for people with disabilities. This is a reason that PWD, SWD and CWD
The Coalition supports public policies that advance: • 100% health care coverage for all Nevadans.
• Early screening and detection for all children.
• Barrier-free access to quality, affordable behavioral and physical health care and specialized services for all Nevadans.
• Person and family-centered care and the medical home model.
• Data-driven outcomes and transparent systems of care.
• Protections for individuals with disabilities during vulnerable times including end of life decision-making.
Medicaid: Is essential for people and children with disabilities in Nevada. NDC will progressively work on those issues that affect PWD in Nevada.
Medicare: Is also an essential for People who have Disabilities and Seniors with Disabilities in Nevada we will work with our National representatives to continue to find solutions.
The United States Senate may be close to the 50 votes needed to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which the U.S. House of Representatives passed on May 4th, 2017. This legislation slashes programs that help people get health coverage.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005, of the 291.1 million people in the non-institutionalized population, 54.4 million (18.7 percent) had some level of disability, and 35.0 million (12.0 percent) had a severe disability.
From the National Council on Disability and U.S. Census Bureau
- Physical disabilities tend to be more common than sensory or mental health disabilities. African Americans and Hispanics typically experience disability at a higher rate than do whites.
- Rates of disability also increase with age; 41.9 percent of individuals over the age of 65 report disability, compared with 18.6 percent of people who are younger. Further, the numbers of older persons are expected to grow substantially during the next several decades.
- By 2030, the number of persons aged 65 years and older will rise to 69.4 million, from 34.7 million in 2000. By 2050, the number of individuals aged 85 and older will also increase significantly, to 18.2 million, from 4.3 million in 2000.
- Death rates from conditions such as heart disease are decreasing, which accounts for both the increase in life expectancies and an increase in the number of people who experience chronic disabilities, including arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability among adults.