Excerpt from South Milwaukee Now: (click for entire article)
Wisconsin residents with disabilities had a lot riding on today’s Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, and the state’s largest disability coalition is announcing strong support for today’s decision ensuring key protections.
“The Court’s decision will ensure that health insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or discriminate based on an individual’s health status,” says Tom Masseau, Disability Rights Wisconsin Executive Director. “These protections are huge for people with disabilities who face major obstacles to getting healthcare.” Preexisting condition protections are currently in place for children and will go into effect for adults in 2014.
The ruling also affirms the importance of services and protections for individuals with disabilities through access to habilitative and rehabilitative services and devices, mental health and substance disorder services, preventive and wellness services, chronic disease management, and basic services for children, such as vision and dental care. It also continues to lower the costs of prescription drugs for people with disabilities and extends and enhances the Money Follows the Person program, which has helped people move out of institutions and into less costly, more independent community-based settings.