The flyer below was used by the Southern California Disability Campaign for Health-Care Reform in 1994, but it remains applicable today. (I have updated the e-mail address.) We still don't have universal coverage, adverse selection continues to undermine efforts at piecemeal reforms, insurance and managed-care benefit packages still exclude or severely restrict coverage of items needed by people with disabilities and serious chronic illnesses, and the impact of proposed reforms on self-employed individuals is seldom given the consideration it deserves.
DISABILITY AND HEALTH-CARE REFORM
Without universal coverage, system-wide adverse selection and cost shifting to pay for care of the uninsured will doom any all-voluntary health-care "reform" to failure, leading to:
Self-Employment Issues. Self-employment offers the most promising chance for people with disabilities to get off welfare and into the work force. That makes it very important to assure that the financing mechanisms in health-care reform don't create work penalties for low-to-moderate-income self-employed individuals.
Disability Representation. It is critically
important for informed, qualified people with disabilities to be included
on all health boards and/or commissions that oversee issues like access, benefits,
quality of care, and consumer protection. Without disability representation,
many board decisions are liable to have disproportionally adverse impact
on health consumers with disabilities.
For further information, contact:
Laura Remson Mitchell, Southern California
Disability Campaign for Health-Care Reform
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