For those who receive public assistance, this pool of services has shrunk sometimes drastically. Waitlists for people with disabilities number into thousands upon thousands in Washington alone. The list of providers who do not accept Medicaid or Medicare clients grows. Individuals with disabilities may wait months for routine care, if it is available at all.
Grassroots advocacy efforts have evolved over the last several years to protect and advance health care options for people with disabilities. My Medicaid Matters is one such grassroots initiative that has organized advocates to march in Olympia, across the country, and in Washington DC. As health care decisions unfold in the U.S. High Court, people with disabilities will need to keep on working to improve and defend access to health care.