Health Care

Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable laws, regulations, policy guidance, barriers, promising practices, and health care models. Publications focus on reform initiatives and consumer directed physical and mental health care. Publications consider a variety of stakeholder groups, including people on tribal lands and members of other diverse cultural groups, people in need of long-term services and supports, youth, and veterans.


  • NCD Letter to EEOC on Employer Wellness Regulations (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Regarding Wellness Legislation (HTML)
  • Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community (HTML)
  • Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability (HTML)


  • Part 1 Summary: NCD Medicaid Managed Care Forums (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to CMS Inviting Participation in Upcoming Medicaid Managed Care Forum (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to National Children's Study about the Design of the National Children’s Study and Implications for the Generalizability of Results (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to CMS Soliciting Its Participation at Upcoming NCD Medicaid Managed Care Forums (HTML)


  • NCD Letter to President Obama Regarding Mental Health Funding (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to CMS about Amendment to Kancare Medicaid Section 1115 (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to EEOC Urging Employer Wellness Program Guidance (HTML)
  • A Medicaid Block Grant Program: Implications for People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF) (DOCX)
  • The Case for Medicaid Self-Direction: A White Paper on Research, Practice, and Policy Opportunities (HTML) (PDF) (DOCX)
  • Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • NCD Statement on the President's FY14 Budget (HTML)
  • Letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight on Mental Health, Lack of Representation of People with Psychiatric Disabilities at Roundtable (HTML)
  • Letter to Vice President Biden Regarding Anticipated Taskforce Recommendations (HTML)


  • Letter to the President about Chained CPI (HTML)
  • Letter to the President after Newtown Tragedy (HTML)
  • Deinstitutionalization Toolkit (HTML)
  • Deinstitutionalization: Unfinished Business (Companion Paper to Policy Toolkit) (HTML) (PDF) (DOCX)
  • Letter to CMS on 1915c Waiver Information Bulletin (HTML) (DOCX)
  • Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children (HTML) (PDF) (DOCX)
  • Analysis and Recommendations for the Implementation of Managed Care in Medicaid and Medicare Programs for People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • Guiding Principles: Successfully Enrolling People with Disabilities in Managed Care Plans (HTML) (PDF)


  • United States Marine Corps Exceptional Family Members (HTML) (PDF)
  • Letter to President Obama in Support of the CLASS Program (HTML) (PDF)
  • Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited (HTML) (PDF)


  • The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective (HTML) (PDF)


  • The Current State of Health Care for People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)


  • Inclusive Livable Communities for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)


  • Issues in Creating Livable Communities for People with Disabilities: Proceedings of the Panel (HTML) (PDF)
  • Breaking the Silence on Crime Victims with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)


  • Introductory Brief on NCD's Long-Term Services and Supports Report (HTML) (PDF)
  • Creating Livable Communities (HTML) (PDF)
  • The Needs of People with Disabilities with Psychiatric Disabilities During and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Position Paper and Recommendations (HTML) (PDF)


  • Cover Memorandum Upon the Reissuance of the NCD Statement Opposing Legalization of Assisted Suicide (HTML) (PDF)
  • Same Struggle, Different Difference: Civil Rights Policy Forum Summary Paper (HTML) (PDF)
  • The State of 21st Century Long-Term Services and Supports: Financing and Systems Reform for Americans with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • NCD and the Americans with Disabilities Act: 15 Years of Progress (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability Topical Overviews - The Right to Health: Fundamental Concepts and The American Disability Experience (HTML) (PDF)


  • Livable Communities for Adults with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • Consumer-Directed Health Care: How Well Does It Work? (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability: 20 Years of Independence (July 2004) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Summary of the Native American Forum: Disability Matters in Tribal Communities (HTML) (PDF)


  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Abridged Version) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Full-Length On-Line Version) (HTML)
  • Understanding Disabilities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Toolkit Guide (HTML) (PDF)
  • People With Disabilities on Tribal Lands: Education, Health Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Independent Living (HTML) (PDF)
  • Policy Brief Series - No. 9, Chevron v. Echazabal: The Americans with Disabilities Act's "Direct Threat to Self" Defense (HTML) (PDF)
  • Outreach and People with Disabilities from Diverse Cultures: A Review of the Literature (HTML) (DOC) (PDF)


  • The Well-Being of our Nation: An Inter-Generational Vision of Effective Mental Health Services and Supports (HTML) (PDF)
  • Position Paper on Genetic Discrimination Legislation (HTML) (PDF)
  • Principles for Genetic Discrimination Legislation (HTML) (PDF)
  • Brief Amicus Curiae of the National Council on Disability in Support of Respondents, Chevron U.S.A. v. Mario Echazabal (HTML) (PDF)


  • Position Paper on Patients' Bill of Rights Legislation (HTML) (PDF)


  • Carrying on the Good Fight: Summary Paper From Think Tank 2000 - Advancing the Civil and Human Rights of People With Disabilities From Diverse Cultures (HTML) (PDF)
  • Closing the Gap: A Ten Point Strategy for the Next Decade of Disability Civil Rights Enforcement (HTML) (PDF)
  • From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves (HTML) (PDF)
  • Think Tank 2000: A Brief Summary As Background Information (HTML) (DOC)


  • National Disability Policy: A Progress Report - February 1986 (HTML)


  • Disability Perspectives and Recommendations on Proposals to Reform the Medicaid and Medicare Programs (HTML)
  • Voices of Freedom: America Speaks Out on the Americans with Disabilities Act (HTML)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: Ensuring Equal Access to the American Dream (HTML)


  • Making Health Care Reform Work for Americans with Disabilities, Summary Information on Five "Town Meetings" on Health Care Reform (HTML)


  • Progress in Advancing the Status of People with Disabilities Around the World: The Work of the United States Delegation to the Thirty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations (HTML)
  • Sharing the Risk and Ensuring Independence: A Disability Perspective on Access to Health Insurance and Health-Related Services (HTML)


  • Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities - With Legislative Recommendations (HTML)

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