The Role of Law and Policy in Achieving Healthy People's Disability and Health Goals Around Access to Health Care, Activities Promoting Health and Wellness, Independent Living and Participation, and Collecting Data in the United States

(Rockville MD) Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ODPHP, and the CDC Foundation through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-11

74 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020 Last revised: 23 Jun 2020

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Elizabeth Pendo

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Lisa Iezzoni

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

Abstract

Ensuring that the almost 60 million Americans with disabilities live as healthy and independent lives as possible is an important goal for our nation. This evidence-based report highlights efforts to better use law and policy to support and protect people with disabilities. Specifically, it examines how existing federal laws and policies could be leveraged by states, communities, and other sectors to reduce barriers to primary and preventive care; reduce barriers to local health and wellness programs; increase access to leisure, social, or community activities (and indirectly, to religious activities) for individuals with disabilities; and generate better disability data needed to inform and support efforts to reach these and other disability and health objectives. This report also features specific, real-world examples of legal community strategies or interventions, or Laws and Policies in Action, to illustrate how law and policy is used to make progress on each of these objectives.

Keywords: Disability, Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Affordable Care Act, Healthy People, Health Disparities, Health Data, Wellness, Public Health, Health Care Access, Disability Discrimination

JEL Classification: K32, I00, I1, I10, I14, I18

Suggested Citation

Pendo, Elizabeth and Iezzoni, Lisa, The Role of Law and Policy in Achieving Healthy People's Disability and Health Goals Around Access to Health Care, Activities Promoting Health and Wellness, Independent Living and Participation, and Collecting Data in the United States. (Rockville MD) Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ODPHP, and the CDC Foundation through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. , Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3614800

Elizabeth Pendo (Contact Author)

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Harvard University - Harvard Medical School ( email )

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