The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has launched the website for the ACA National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). The AAHD partnered with seven national organizations representing unique cross-disability experiences to create the NDNRC, an initiative aimed at providing cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists to ensure people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces. Partner organizations included the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), The Arc, and United Spinal Association.
According to the NDNRC website, an estimated 3.5 million people between the ages of 16 and 65 who have pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities are uninsured. Individuals with disabilities who lack current health insurance coverage are faced with several options as key components of the ACA go into effect on January 2014: Medicaid through their state, possible Medicaid buy-in in their state, possible Medicaid expansion in their state, and Exchange-Marketplace insurance coverage. The project assists in the development of cross-disability competence in ACA CMS funded navigator programs and considers how to assist state-based navigators, connectors, and assisters. The collaborative supplements federal agency communications on the ACA topic areas as well as gaining a wealth of experience on ACA enrollment from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Health.
The recently launched website offers news and resources designed to support groups who are providing enrollment assistance to consumers with disabilities as they enroll for coverage through the marketplaces. In the near future, the website will offer a technical assistance guide to inform Navigators and other enrollment specialists about special considerations people with disabilities face as they shop for healthcare coverage. The NDNRC website offers a disability guide and fact sheets; however, you need to register for free to access these resources. The website also offers state specific information and the option to locate an enrollment specialist by specific state.
The NDNRC is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative can be accessed at www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org. For further information please contact Karl Cooper, AAHD Project Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301/545-6140, ext. 204.