Health—physical, mental and emotional—is a key ingredient to living well. People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by poorer overall health due to barriers to health care and increased rates of chronic diseases. Furthermore, they often experience secondary conditions such as pain, fatigue, weakness and depression. Many of these conditions can be prevented or alleviated with lifestyle modifications and preventive care.
People with disabilities are more likely to experience the following risk factors compared to people without disabilities:
Access to quality, affordable health care is of highest importance to individuals with disabilities and their families. Navigating the changing health care system can be challenging.
UCP is a voice for individuals with disabilities, their families, and providers in the debate to ensure quality and affordable access to care. UCP will continue to help shape the health policy debate and inform individuals of how to get and stay involved.