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Health Care Go Bag

Health Care Go Bag

What You Need To Help Keep Your Child Healthy

"All people, including people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), should have timely access to high quality, comprehensive, accessible, affordable, appropriate health care that meets their individual needs, maximizes health, well-being and function, and increases independence and community participation."

To read more of The Arc’s Position Statement on Health Care click HERE.

Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Enactment of health care reform, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It brings about comprehensive reforms that will benefit Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination based on health status and improving access to care. 

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

Medicaid eligibility is also an eligible requirement to receive services from the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. For more information and a list of additional Medicaid resources, visit DDD’s website.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services:

  • Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
  • Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)
  • Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans)
  • Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage)

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) offer personalized counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.

Division of Aging Services Universal Application (UA1) - By filling out the Universal Application, you could some or all of the following benefits if you are eligible:

  • Prescription assistance programs (PAAD or Senior Gold)
  • Utility assistance programs (Lifeline Utility Credit Program or Tenants Lifeline Assistance Program, Universal Service Fund (USF), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicare Savings programs ( SLMB or SLMB QI1) which pay Medicare Part B premium payments
  • Hearing Aid Assistance Program for the Aged and Disabled
  • Medicare Part D premium payments if PAAD eligible
  • Medicare Part D wrap-around cost payments, such as co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles, if PAAD or Senior Gold eligible
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Voter registration information

National Medicare Education Week

Dual Eligible 
Some people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. For more information the 2019 Medicare Part D Changes for Persons Who Have Both Medicare and Medicaid (Dual Eligible), click HERE.


Health Care Advocacy

  1. The Arc of New Jersey's Health Care Advocacy program promotes quality health care for people with developmental disabilities throughout New Jersey.
  2. Tax Tips for People With Special Needs and Their Families
  3. Giving Someone a Power of Attorney For Your Health Care

Health Care Self-Advocacy Resources


  1. Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Health Care - Resource for young adults with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.
  2. Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction - Guides for people with I/DD 
  3. Diabetes Materials  (scroll down to the bottom of the page). Or to order a copy of the diabetes booklet and/or educational film, click HERE.
  4. Primary Care Resources for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their Primary Care Providers
  5. The New Jersey Division of Disability Services (DDS) Wellness Guide 
  6. Health Passport for Youth in English and Spanish

Healthy Living Programs

  1. Healthy Lifestyles Project
  2. Special Olympics New Jersey


Other Links

Go Bag Table of Content
The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute

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