Financing Health Care for Women with Disabilities

Financing Health Care for Women with Disabilities

Financing Health Care for Women with Disabilities

Financing Health Care for Women with Disabilities

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Women with disabilities, a large and growing segment of the U.S. population, are as a group underserved in primary health care services that are appropriate to their needs. To date, few (if any) formal studies have been done examining the short-term costs or long-term benefits of providing specialized care for these women. This paper describes the major financial issues affecting access to appropriate primary health care for women with disabilities. The assessment is based on a review of the published literature, supplemented by key stakeholder interviews, and covers issues that are relevant at the national level and in southwestern Pennsylvania specifically. The findings and recommendations should be of interest to public and private decisionmakers seeking to improve access to health care for women with disabilities.

Conducted under the auspices of the Magee-RAND Women's Health Initiative, this work was made possible by a grant from the FISA Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of its Women with Disabilities Access to Health Care Initiative.

FISA Foundation

This study has been conducted through a grant from the FISA Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to support nonprofit organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania that foster full community participation of adults and children with disabilities or that address the health needs of women and girls. The FISA Foundation has funded 11 projects in Pittsburgh through an initiative designed to improve access to health care for women with disabilities. Among the projects currently underway are an accessible primary care clinic, home-based preventive gynecologic health screenings for women with multiple sclerosis, sexual violence information and support services for women with disabilities, adaptive parenting resources, a Web-based guide for referrals to appropriate, accessible health care services, disability awareness training for hospital employees, and pre- and post-natal support for pregnant women who are disabled.

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