Gaps in Timely Access to Care Among Workers by Disability Status
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
The authors find significantly higher rates of reported difficulties accessing timely health care for cost-related and structural reasons among employed adults with self-reported health conditions limiting the ability to work than among their non-work-limited peers, even after controlling for personal characteristics and health insurance coverage. The findings suggest that although the ACA will improve access to health insurance, it remains to be seen whether it will substantially reduce the likelihood that workers with disabilities will experience barriers to health care access relative to their non-disabled peers.
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