Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications

Title

Assessing Health Care Reform: Potential Effects on Insurance Coverage Among Persons With Disabilities

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Health Policy and Research; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Psychiatry; Commonwealth Medicine

Date

6-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Disabled Persons; Insurance, Health; Insurance Benefits; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Medicaid; Health Care Reform

Disciplines

Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health

Abstract

The changes enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are designed to substantially increase health insurance coverage. The authors analyze the health care reforms to assess the potential for increased insurance coverage among persons with disabilities. They estimate that approximately 2 million persons with disabilities will be newly insured; however, they also find a probable unintended consequence of the health care reforms: that some persons with disabilities will lose their current Medicaid coverage. The article outlines policy changes that would prevent this unintended consequence before full implementation of the changes in 2014.

Comments

Citation: Gettens J, Henry A, Himmelstein J. (2012) Assessing Health Care Reform: Potential Effects on Insurance Coverage Among Persons With Disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 23(1):3-13. DOI 10.1177/1044207311416584. Link to article on publisher's website