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Community Phone Briefing Series on the Affordable Care Act

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Community Phone Briefings Series
on the Affordable Care Act

All calls will begin at 2:00 PM, ET, and run one hour

In many ways, ACA could be the single most important piece of legislation for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act, since for many, it is paramount to being able to make choices that lead to successful daily living on par with nondisabled Americans. Join NCD and the Urban Institute through a weekly series of phone briefings corresponding to the release of three reports on the implementation, impact, and enforcement of ACA, beginning January 19, 2016. Interested parties must RSVP by January 8 to receive the call-in information! RSVPs should be sent to, indicating in which phone briefings one intends to participate.


  • Stephan Lindner, Ph.D., Co-Project Director, Urban Institute
  • Stan Dorn, J.D., Co-Project Director, Urban Institute
  • Ari Ne’eman (former NCD Council Member), President, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network


January 19 – “Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities”

  • Projecting future implementation decisions by private insurers and state and federal officials and key decision points for state and federal level advocates and policymakers
  • Maximizing ACA's positive impact on people with disabilities and limiting risks of unwise implementation choices.
  • Identifying policy options facing states (e.g., expanding Medicaid, structuring newly eligible adult benefits, defining essential health benefits, implementing state-based exchanges, Community First Choice State Option, integrating funding and services for dually eligible adults).

January 26 – “The Impact of ACA on People with Disabilities: A 2015 Status Report”

  • Current ACA literature and qualitative interview data, and recommendations for future action.
  • 50-state summary data for stakeholders: Medicaid Alternative Benefits; habilitative, rehabilitation services, durable medical equipment, and eligible health benefits benchmark coverage.

February 2 -- “Monitoring and Enforcing ACA: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities”

  • Key ACA and regulations’ legal safeguards to help obtain necessary health and support services.
  • Disparities and discrimination in terms of selected legal requirements.
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces - Operation to enroll and cover people with disabilities.
  • Highlights of Medicaid expansion and application/renewal procedures.