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January 3, 2017Alerts

Write Congress: Defend Affordable Care Act Provisions Helping Individuals with Disabilities in PA

As the 115th Congress opens its legislative session today, both the United States House and Senate are prepared to make the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of their top priorities.  You may know that the ACA, also known as Obamacare, has many provisions that have helped people with disabilities since it was signed into law in 2010.  These parts of the law will be repealed if Congress does not retain them.  Such provisions include:

·       Young adults can stay covered on their parents’ insurance up to age 26.

·       Insurers can’t refuse to cover a child or adult who has a medical condition or disability.

·       Mental health parity is in effect.  There can’t be stricter limits or higher payment requirements imposed on these services than those that apply to physical health care.

·       Insurance companies can’t put a dollar cap on the lifetime benefits they will cover.

·       In Pennsylvania, some 700,000 people enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA expansion population.

Today, Disability Rights Pennsylvania wrote to members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and United States Senators to urge them to keep critical provisions of the ACA that have helped Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

Now it is your turn.

Please contact your congressmen today and urge them to protect parts of the law that have helped Pennsylvanians with disabilities. To send a letter to Pennsylvania’s US Senators and your US House of Representatives, click here. DRP has drafted a letter that you can edit prior to sending.


Peri Jude Radecic, CEO
Disability Rights Pennsylvania