The influence of geographic variation in socio-cultural factors on length of work disability

Brittany Gaines, M.S., Elyssa Besen, Ph.D., Glenn Pransky, M.D., M.Occ.H. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 2, p308–319 DOI:       Background Previous research has largely concentrated on how individual-level factors explain work disability duration. However, growing evidence suggests socio-cultural factors may significantly influence length of work disability. Objective This study examined whether socio-cultural factors that vary by… Read More »»

Expenditures and use of wraparound health insurance for employed people with disabilities

John Gettens, Ph.D., Denise Hoffman, Ph.D., Alexis D. Henry, Sc.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 2, p248–255 Published online: December 13, 2015 DOI: Background The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides health insurance to many working-age adults with disabilities, but we do not expect the new coverage or existing insurance options to fully… Read More »»

After CLASS – Is a voluntary public insurance program a realistic way to meet the long-term support and service needs of adults with disabilities?

Jae Kennedy, Ph.D., Gilbert Gimm, Ph.D., Raymond Glazier, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 9, Issue 2 Background The CLASS Act, which was part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, established a voluntary personal assistance services (PAS) insurance program. However, concerns about enrollment and adverse selection led to repeal of the CLASS Act in 2013.… Read More »»

The effect of Medicare Part D on health care utilization for non-elderly Medicare recipients with disabilities

Richard E. Nelson, Ph.D., Stephen L. Nelson, J.D., Ph.D., Benedikt Huttner, M.D., M.S., Adi Gundlapalli, M.D., Ph.D. Published Online: September 20, 2013 Disability and Health Journal,  January 2014 Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 64–69 DOI: Background The effect of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage on non-elderly beneficiaries, most of whom have disabilities, has not been… Read More »»

Disability in two health care systems: Access, quality, satisfaction, and physician contacts among working-age Canadians and Americans with disabilities

Stephen P. Gulley, Ph.D., M.S.W., Barbara M. Altman, Ph.D. †Financial disclosure: Funds for these analyses were generously provided by contract with the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCHS/CDC). The findings and conclusions in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the… Read More »»

Habilitation Services within the Federal Government’s Employee Health Insurance Program

AAHD, a member of the Habilitation Benefits (HAB) Coalition, has signed a HAB Coalition letter to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suggesting the coverage of habilitation services within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The December 22 HAB Coalition letter is here: PDF.

The Importance of Maintaining the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

AAHD has joined a coalition of national organizations reinforcing to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) the importance of maintaining the CHIP program. The letter, organized by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, is here: PDF.

“He only takes those type of patients on certain days”: Specialty care access for children with special health care needs

Rebecca Feinstein Winitzer, M.S., M.S.W., Joanna Bisgaier, M.S.W., Ph.D., Colleen Grogan, Ph.D., Karin Rhodes, M.D., M.S. Disability and Health Journal Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 26–33, January 2012DOI:   Abstract Background Expansions to public and private coverage opportunities under the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are meant to provide greater access… Read More »»

Uninsured persons with disability confront substantial barriers to health care services

Lisa I. Iezzoni, M.D., Austin B. Frakt, Ph.D., Steven D. Pizer, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 238–244, October 2011   Abstract Background Despite social “safety net” programs, many U.S. residents with disabilities lack insurance coverage and thus risk financial barriers to accessing care. The study objectives were to characterize working-age adults… Read More »»

Pediatric Services as an Essential Health Benefit.  

AAHD has joined a coalition asking the Secretary of HHS to provide more meaningful details to the pediatric essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act. The October 16 letter is here: PDF.