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What Health Reform Means for People with Disabilities. The comprehensive health care reform legislation passed by Congress will significantly improve health care. The health reform builds on the current system to increase access and choice in health care and long term care for people with disabilities.  PDF|Text


Expanding Medicaid Managed Care to People with Disabilities and Seniors Would be Risky and Unwise: This report was prepared for The Disability Coalition for Healthcare Reform and the Federation of Missouri Advocates for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to inform our discussions on Medicaid managed care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Members of the disability community wanted to know what Medicaid managed care would mean for people with disabilities and what issues need to be debated before moving forward.  The report found a number of risks for the state and for people with disabilities and seniors.  PDF

Life on Medicaid Spenddown: Recommendations to Create Access to Affordable Healthcare in Missouri   PDF

Guest Commentary

20 Years After the ADA: In 2010, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the important civil rights provisions in the law is that states are mandated to provide services in the “most integrated setting." There are over 4,000 people on waiting lists for home and community based services (HCBS) for people with developmental disabilities. The Affordable Care Act signed into law this in 2008 gives states opportunities for federal support in complying with the ADA and the Olmstead decision. PDF | Text

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