Small-Group Session

Health Coverage Transitions for Young Adults with Disabilities
March 28, 2001

Manager

Judith D. Moore

Summary

The difficulty of passing from childhood to adult health coverage programs was the subject of this small technical working session. Although new legislation and attention addresses problems of people with disabilities, young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are sometimes overlooked and often face tremendous challenges in maintaining health coverage that will allow them to function to an optimum level in work, school, or community settings. Invited participants discussed these problems and the need to identify, clarify, and address legislative and regulatory roadblocks to full health coverage. Particular concern centered on the problematic ties between income maintenance and health programs and the need to transition from pediatric providers to adult providers. The session was cosponsored by the Institute for Medicare Practice at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Speakers

Moderators:
Bruce C. Vladeck, Director, Institute for Medicare Practice, and Judith D. Moore, Co-Director, National Health Policy Forum.

Resources:
Eric Friedlander, Maternal and Child Health Director, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Tom Gloss, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services; Patti Hackett, Healthy and Ready to Work Consultant, Academy for Educational Development; Susan Hill,Director, Division of Advocacy and Special Issues, Health Care Financing Administration; Mark Nadel, Associate Commissioner, Office of Disability and Income Assistance Policy, Social Security Administration; Patience White, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, Senate Committee on Finance

Related Materials

See also related Forum products, including a Forum session on expanding community-based care (November 25, 2003); a two-part paper on Medicare, Medicaid, disability, and social security (Part I and Part II Background Paper, November 14, 2003); and a paper on Real Choice Systems Change grants and community-based long-term care supports (Issue Brief No. 822, May 30, 2007).

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