New Affordable Care Resources from the National Disability Navigator Collaborative

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) www.aahd.us is pleased to announce the establishment of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). The 12 month collaborative is made possible by a one-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation www.rwjf.org. The NDNRC website will be launched on Dec. 1, 2013. The URL for the project website iswww.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org

The purpose of the project is to assist the development of cross-disability competence in ACA CMS funded navigator programs and consider how to assist state-based navigators, connectors and assisters. An estimated 3.5 million people between the ages of 16 and 65 with pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities are currently uninsured. Persons with disabilities lacking current health insurance face at least the following options as key elements of the Affordable Care Act go into effect in January 2014: Medicaid in their state, possible Medicaid buy-in in their state, possible Medicaid expansion in their state, and Exchange-Marketplace insurance coverage.