Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many people with disabilities were required to live in poverty to maintain their Medicaid eligibility. With Medicaid expansion, they can enter the workforce, increase earnings, and maintain coverage. This study confirmed that people with disabilities were more likely to be employed in the Medicaid expansion states compared with those in non-expansion states (38% vs 32%).Read More
In this article, the authors are commenting on a previously published article and stating that American Community Survey (ACS) disability questions are now used on all federal surveys.Read More
Women with disabilities are not as likely to become pregnant as women without disabilities. This study looks at how women with disabilities make decisions about pregnancy. Four focus groups were held with 22 women of child-bearing age. Most of the women wanted to become mothers, but they had concerns about becoming pregnant. Three things affected their decision: 1) how important it was to them to have a child, 2) whether it was possible for them to become pregnant, and 3) the costs of having and raising a child.
The study showed that it is more than the medical issues around having a child that are important to a woman. When they discuss pregnancy with a woman with a disability, health care providers should also talk about social and personal factors. By talking about all her concerns, health care providers can help a woman with a disability to make a decision that is in line with her values and desires.Read More
This study looked at how much cost affected whether or not people filled their prescriptions. The percentage of all Americans who did not fill a prescription in the previous 12 months because they could not afford it grew from 1999 to 2009 to 8% and then dropped to 5% by 2015. For seniors, however, the number peaked in 2004 at 5% and dropped to 4% after implementation of Medicare Part D in 2006. With implementation of Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act, the number of prescriptions unfilled because of cost has declined.Read More
This study looked at data on blood pressure checks, flu shots, and dental visits in a 12 month period. Results showed that adults with physical limitations were more likely to receive a blood pressure check (92% vs. 70%%) or flu shot (40%% vs. 23%) compared to adults with no limitations. However, people with physical limitations were less likely to have a dental check-up (45% vs. 59%) in comparison to those with no limitation. People who had a regular care provider were more likely to receive services.
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