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

Friday, August 5, 2011
Journal of Disability Policy Studies cover
John Gettens, PHD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Alexis Henry, ScD, OTR/L
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH
University of Massachusetts Medical School

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.