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Policy Advocacy | The Barrier Free Health Care Initiative

Policy Advocacy

Accessible Healthcare Policy Advocacy

According to the US Census Bureau, 54.4 million people (18.7 percent) in the US have some level of disability, and 35.0 million (12.0 percent) have a severe disability. Yet many lack access to accessible and culturally competent healthcare. Congress is currently attempting to improve healthcare for everyone by crafting sweeping proposals for reform. People with disabilities must be fully included in that process. Some key issues include:

  • Available and affordable health insurance that does not exclude people with pre-existing condition
  • Adequate benefits
  • Long-term care
  • Including people with disabilities in health disparities research
  • Collecting accurate data about the healthcare experiences of people with disabilities
  • Training and education on disability competency for healthcare professionals
  • Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in hospitals and other places where healthcare is delivered


Disability Organizations Are Weighing In

Principles for Healthcare Reform from a Disability Perspective (May 14, 2009)
CCD Health Task Force Response to Senate Finance Committee Health Delivery System Proposal (May 19, 2009)


Federal Reform