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Summary of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by the Kaiser Family Foundation
This summary and description of changes made to the law by subsequent legislation looks at provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve the health care delivery system.
For more information:

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/finalhcr.pdf

Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation from the Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund has produced a graphical and text based timeline to indicate when elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act will take effect. Although some major elements of the bill will begin in 2010, others will be implemented over the following four years, with the most substantial changes such as the expansion of Medicaid & insurance exchanges taking effect in 2014.
For more information:
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Other/2010/Timeline-for-Health-Care-Reform-Implementation.aspx
 

What's in this Comprehensive Health Reform Legislation? An Issue Brief from ANCOR.
This issue brief from ANCOR outlines important facets of the health care reform bill including employer responsibilities, individual mandates, and huge Medicaid changes and is intended to provide a quick explanation of the most significant provisions
For more information:
http://www.ancor.org/sites/default/files/ANCOR%20HCR%20Explanation%20Issue%20Brief%20March%2020%202010.pdf
 

Health Reform for Americans with Disabilities - Fact Sheet
The Affordable Care Act Gives Americans with Disabilities Greater Control Over Their Own Health Care:

Greater Choices for Americans with Disabilities
Lowering Costs by Rewarding Quality and Cutting Waste
Assuring Accessible, Quality, Affordable Health Care for People with Disabilities

For more information:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/health_reform_for_americans_with_disabilities.pdf
 

Health Reform and Americans with Disabilities - Video
Get answers to your questions about how the Affordable Care Act will give Americans with disabilities greater choices and more control over their health care.
View video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/USHealthReform#p/p/E13B55ACDF862D29/0/ccKQNklpCWg
 

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Americans with Disabilities
By Henry Claypool, Director of Office on Disability.
As the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and 11th Anniversary of the Olmstead v. LC decision approach, it is exciting to reflect on how the Affordable Care Act advances the principles of equality, barrier removal, and community integration embodied in these landmark events.
Historically, people with disabilities have been severely disadvantaged in accessing private health insurance, subject to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, benefit limits and exclusions, and at risk of losing coverage on short notice.
For more information:
http://www.healthreform.gov/forums/blog/disabilities.html
 

Health Reform Blog
Follow the Health Reform blog from HealthReform.gov
To view blog, please visit:
http://www.healthreform.gov/forums/blog/blog.html
 

The Impact Of Health Care Reform On People With Disabilities
The United Spinal Association and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association have issued a guide on healthcare and insurance reforms that explains how they improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Impact of Health Care Reform on People with Disabilities has information about insurance market reforms; mandatory health plan coverage provisions; home- and community-based services; Medicare outpatient therapy caps and Medicaid eligibility requirements; and the new standards that ensure medical equipment in doctors' offices and other medical facilities are accessible.
For more information:
http://www.unitedspinal.org/2010/06/08/the-impact-of-health-care-reform-on-people-with-disabilities
 

Health Care Act Provisions of Interest to the Families of Youth with Disabilities
Although details have yet to be worked out, the recently passed health care reform bill will affect people with disabilities and their families. Two provisions include prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions and allowing parents to keep adult children on their insurance plans until age 26 are both part of the recently passed Health Care Reform Act.
A new report from the PACER Center looks into areas of the bill of interest to families of children and youth with disabilities.
More information available at:
http://www.pacer.org/tatra

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