NDRN believes individuals with disabilities have the equal right to access high-quality, affordable healthcare that meets the specific needs of the individual and includes mental health services. To achieve these goals, the Network's efforts at the state and local level include individual casework and community training programs. At the national level NDRN advocates for public policies that support access to quality health care and services for individuals with disabilities.
The Latest News on NDRN's Work on Health Care
February 17, 2017
The House of Representatives is expected to introduce a bill to cut Medicaid and the ACA on February 27 and to begin committee work immediately. The result would be two major blows to individuals with disabilities. Reach out to your Federal and state legislators and the Governor’s office in your state and tell them that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with a plan that CUTS Medicaid is unacceptable.
People’s health, services, and lives are at stake! We need you to reach out to your Senators and Representatives to let them know why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families and to vote against legislation that removes important protections for people with disabilities. Also, reach out to your state representatives and governors to make them know of the importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid to you and your family.
January 9, 2017
NDRN responded to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for recommendations of federal government interventions to ensure the timely provision of quality home and community based services (HCBS).The comments expressed appreciation for strides CMS has made to promote community integration and self-direction for persons with disabilities instead of institutions and urged CMS to do more to incentivize HCBS, increase the provider workforce and address lack of integrated housing and employment. We also request CMS support for a P&A health advocacy program to supplement CMS oversight of HCBS settings and to represent individuals with disabilities enrolled in Medicaid managed care. The comments can be downloaded here.