People with disabilities experience health disparities in access to care and in their health outcomes. At AUCD, we believe in preserving, protecting and strengthening current health insurance programs. Any health care reforms must ensure comprehensive, affordable and accessible health insurance with protections against discrimination. Legislation that is important to use are: Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, ACA, and Long-Term Services and Supports.



Medicare was created in 1965 when people over 65 found it virtually impossible to get private health insurance coverage. Medicare has made access to health care a universal right for Americans once they reach age 65. This has helped improve the health and longevity of older Americans.



Medicaid is the nation's primary way of financing and delivering community-based health and long-term services to children and adults with disabilities. It is the nation's largest health care program, and serves nearly 60 million low-income Americans, including an estimated 9.9 million people with disabilities.


Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to give health insurance and preventive care to nearly 11 million, or 1 in 7, uninsured American children. Many of these children came from uninsured working families that earned too much to be eligible for Medicaid. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have CHIP plans. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.


Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (better known as the Affordable Care Act or simply the ACA) has faced skepticism and criticism from many. This landmark health reform law contains many provisions that will help ensure accessible, comprehensive, affordable, non-discriminatory coverage for consumers, especially people with disabilities.


Long-Term Services and Support

People with disabilities often need community-based long term supports and services to support their needs and to live as independently as possible. These include assistance with activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, taking medication, preparing meals, job coaching, residential supports and managing money.