Health Care Resources

These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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Affordable Care Act and People with Disabilities

Information for people with disabilities and how the Affordable Care Act affects them.

Download PDF: Affordable Care Act and People with Disabilities (694KB)

Changes to Texas Medicaid that Affect Beneficiaries Under 21

Changes to the Texas Medicaid program that affect beneficiaries under the age of 21.

Download PDF: Changes to Texas Medicaid that Affect Beneficiaries Under 21 (350KB)

HEB Providing “Talking” Prescriptions: Collaboration between HEB, ACB Texas, and DRTx

(February 23, 2017) HEB announced that it now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescription medications through nine of its Austin and San Antonio area retail pharmacies.Today’s announcement is the result of collaboration between HEB, American Council of the Blind of Texas, and Disability Rights Texas (DRTx). HEB will continue to work with Disability Rights Texas and American Council of the Blind of Texas on expanding this service.

Download PDF: HEB Providing “Talking” Prescriptions: Collaboration between HEB, ACB Texas, and DRTx (157KB)

Interim Settlement Agreement between state of Texas and plaintiffs with disabiliites in nursing home

Copy of the interim agreement between the state of Texas and plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Agreement will improve living conditions for thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have been confined to Texas nursing facilities providing ineffective levels of care.

Download PDF: Interim Settlement Agreement between state of Texas and plaintiffs with disabiliites in nursing home (247KB)

Mental Health Detention in an Emergency Room

This sheet provides information for people over 16 years of age about the ER process and the law.

Download PDF: Mental Health Detention in an Emergency Room (65KB)

Representing Parties in Supported Decision-Making Agreements: A Guide for Attorneys

A guide for attorneys on representing parties in supported decision-making agreements, written by Tresi Weeks, private attorney and DRTx Board Member.

Download PDF: Representing Parties in Supported Decision-Making Agreements: A Guide for Attorneys (551KB)

Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines: Rights of People Receiving Behavioral Interventions

If you are placed in a mental health facility, this material has information you need to know about restraint and seclusion.

Download PDF: Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines: Rights of People Receiving Behavioral Interventions (308KB)

Transition Guide

"Your Rights, Your Voice: A Guide for Youth with Mental Health Concerns Transitioning into Adulthood" is a resource to help transition age youth learn about their rights and provide tools to help them successfully move into adulthood. Topics covered included special education services, post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation services, employment, mental health care, community living, and alternatives to guardianship. Special thanks to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for providing the funding to make this guide possible. Please note this guide has several pages and the document is in color. You may want to consider printing it on 2 sides and/or using black and white ink. (Updated: October 2016)

Download PDF: Transition Guide (3MB)

Helpful Links

Affordable Care Act for Americans with Disabilities

As of Sept. 23, 2010, health plans must ensure people with disabilities have accessible, affordable health insurance and an enhanced commitment to community life.

Affordable Care Act for Americans with Disabilities

Center for Public Policy Priorities

The Center for Public Policy Priorities is a non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization committed to improving public policies and private practices that influence the economic and social prospects and conditions of individuals, families, and communities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program provides services to children with extraordinary medical needs, disabilities, and chronic health conditions. The program pays for medical care, family support services, and related services not covered by Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, or another party.

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

Department of Aging and Disability Services

The Texas’ state agency that provides aging and disability services and supports.

Department of Aging and Disability Services

Health Reform Source

Kaiser Family Foundation site that includes updated information regarding the Federal Health Care Reform law and implementation.

Health Reform Source

Healthcare.gov

This is an official U.S. government website that provides ongoing news and information about the federal health care reform law. The site includes on-line tools to connect individuals to new information and resources that will help them access health care coverage. The site includes information regarding both public and private health coverage options and serves as a central database of health coverage options, facts and implementation information.

Healthcare.gov

Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S. The foundation’s web site provides access to reports, surveys, issue briefs, charts, slides and fact sheets containing in-depth analysis on timely and critical issues, including Health Care Reform, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Information Network

A free online service that contains health policy information and daily online reports on health policy and related issues.

Kaiser Health Information Network

Medicaid Buy-In for Children

The Medicaid Buy-In for Children can help pay medical bills for children with disabilities. Families can “buy in” to Medicaid by making a monthly payment (premium).

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Medicaid Personal Care Services Benefit

Medicaid Personal Care Services (PCS) Benefit is a Medicaid benefit for children that resulted from the Alberto N. Settlement. The PCS benefit provides assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and health-related functions to help children with physical, cognitive, or behavioral functional limitations.

Medicaid Personal Care Services Benefit

Medicaid Preferred Drug List Program

The current list of preferred drugs available to Medicaid recipients without prior authorization.

Medicaid Preferred Drug List Program

Overviews of Medicaid Program Service Cuts

Overviews of Medicaid Program Service Cuts

Overviews of Medicaid Program Service Cuts

Texas CHIP and Children’s Medicaid Program Website

Texas CHIP and Children’s Medicaid Program website

Texas CHIP and Children’s Medicaid Program Website

Texas Medicaid Program State Medicaid Overview

Texas Medicaid Program Information Page

Texas Medicaid Program State Medicaid Overview

The Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

The Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) coordinates activities among state and private agencies that work to prevent developmental disabilities.

The Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
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