Navigating the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made it easier to get health insurance for all Americans, including individuals with disabilities.
But a lot of the information is circulating about the ACA and attempts to repeal it. In response, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) created a plain language Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates, part of which was funded by the Special Hope Foundation.
This resource is the first of several that ASAN is developing to equip self-advocates to participate in important conversations about the lives of self-advocates and the services they rely on. The ACA Toolkit has three parts:
This 15-page guide explains:
- What the ACA is
- How different parts of the ACA improved health care in America
- How the ACA could be repealed
- What could happen if the ACA is repealed
The guide also includes a glossary of important terms to equip self-advocates with the words and phrases they need to know about health care, including “high risk pools,” “individual mandate,” and “pre-existing conditions.”
This three-page comic shows a Congressional representative talking to a self-advocate about the repeal and delay strategy. The comic illustrates:
- What “repeal and delay” means in the context of the Affordable Care Act
- Why some lawmakers support a repeal and delay strategy
- Concerns self-advocates have
- Why self-advocates need to take action
The last part of the toolkit helps self-advocates take action to defend the Affordable Care Act. You’ll find answers to these questions:
- Who has the power to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
- Why does my voice matter?
- How can I contact my members of Congress?
- What ways can I use to contact my members of Congress?
- Are there other places I can share my story?
Every part of the toolkit is a screenreader-accessible PDF. Click on the title of each part of the toolkit below to download it:
- A Self-Advocate’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act
- What’s the Problem with Repeal and Delay?
- The Affordable Care Act: What Can I Do?
The health care system in America is a complicated topic, one we could be talking about for months or years. The Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates explains in plain language all the different pieces of the ACA, what the proposed changes are, and what the impact of repealing it would be. ASAN also plans to release short videos on this and other policy topics.
It is ASAN’s hope (and ours!) that the toolkit will help users understand and participate in important conversations about healthcare access in 2017.
“We encourage you to share it widely so that we can give as many self-advocates as possible the tools we need to talk about the ways that policies affect our lives,” says Zoe Gross, ASAN’s Director of Operations, “Nothing about us without us!”
Please send any concerns, feedback, or comments on how you plan to use the toolkit to Zoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, ASAN, for this important resource.
The mission of the Special Hope Foundation is to promote the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.