Second Opinion: Will Obamacare Streamline Care for Disabled People?
The Affordable Care Act will fund a three-year pilot program aimed at streamlining health care delivery to seniors and people with disabilities.
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Christina Mitchell is a graduate student at the University of San Diego. She's working with families who care for disabled dependents to document the challenges of coordinating care for their loved ones through a tangled web of doctors, insurance providers and community resources.
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The Question: Will the Affordable Care Act streamline care for people with disabilities?
Christina Mitchell is a graduate student studying nonprofit leadership at the University of San Diego. She says she was born a volunteer, and grew even more passionate about giving back when she became a single mother at 18 and relied on welfare benefits to make ends meet.
“You realize very quickly that we have to help each other,” Mitchell said. “Volunteering was a way that I could do that.”
Mitchell is now helping families caring for disabled dependents through her graduate research. She’s finding that they often deal with a tangled web of resources. Many have several doctors, multiple coverage providers, case workers and advocates and none of them are really talking to one another.
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