“DRLC recently submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as ‘Healthcare Reform.'”
One of the primary issues before the Court in this case was whether Congress acted under its Constitutionally authorized powers when it sought to expand Medicaid, a national program that now provides medical care to low-income individuals who are blind, 65 or older, or have a disability—also known as Medicaid’s “Aged, Blind, and Disabled” program.
Medicaid expansion seeks to address a significant national issue: The number of people uninsured for medical coverage in this country has reached epidemic proportions. Over 50 million people have no medical coverage, according to the 2010 Census. The high cost of private insurance and limited opportunities for low-income people seeking affordable alternatives, lead to a high population of uninsured, forcing many to miss out on life-saving preventative care before diseases advance to uncontrolled limits.
The DRLC’s brief demonstrated that when low-income uninsured individuals have access to preventive medical services, the long-term health care costs borne by state and local governments go down.”
Organizations mentioned/involved: Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC)