Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Health Care for Americans with Disabilities
Publication Date: October 2004
Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Keywords: Health Policy
Coverage: United States
More than 50 million individuals, or roughly one in five Americans, have a disability. While people with disabilities are relatively heavy users of healthcare services, they often receive these services much less frequently than is recommended. Health issues that are important to people with disabilities span a wide range, but center on access to health insurance, coverage for essential services including prescription drugs and long-term services, and the financing of Medicaid and Medicare, given the critical role that they play in the lives of people with disabilities of all ages.