The health care law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in major part as constitutional on June 26, contains a number of provisions that benefit individuals with disabilities. Officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA" for short), the law bars group health plans and health insurers from rescinding individuals' health care coverage except in very limited situations, prohibits group plans and insurers from denying coverage to children younger than age 19 based on their pre-existing conditions (this applies to everyone regardless of age beginning in 2014), and prevents insurers from placing lifetime and annual dollar limits on most benefits. Here's a closer look at these and other ACA disability-friendly provisions.
BY H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD; DOLORES CANNELLA, PHD; AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON)
American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
When it comes to real estate, it’s always location, location, location. When it comes to individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities, it’s about attitudes, attitudes, attitudes—for both the individual with the special needs and the general public. When we “older folks” were growing up we were taught at an early age, “don’t stare,” “don’t make fun,” “just don’t …” when it came to individuals with special circumstances.
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