American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Launches ACA National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) Website
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the launch of the website for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). The NDNRC is an initiative aimed at providing cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists thereby ensuring people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces.
The recently launched website already has news and resources designed to support groups who are providing enrollment assistance to consumers with disabilities as they enroll for coverage through the marketplaces. In the near future, the website will have a technical assistance guide to inform navigators and other enrollment specialists about special considerations people with disabilities face as they shop for healthcare coverage. Over the following months, the NDNRC website will also publish 17 fact sheets with more information regarding specific disability related issues and state specific information as well.
The NDNRC is comprised of seven national disability organizations which represent unique cross-disability experiences. Along with AAHD, the other six partner organizations are the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF); the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS); The Arc and United Spinal Association. The NDNRC is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
For further information please contact Karl Cooper, AAHD Project Associate at 301-545-6140 ext. 204.
Roberta S. Carlin
AAHD Executive Director
AAHD is a national non-profit organization located in Rockville, MD dedicated to advancing health promotion and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities.
American Association on Health & Disability
110 N. Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850
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Audrey Schremmer is the Executive Director of Three Rivers Inc. She considers it a blessing to be surrounded by great team members, her peers around the state and country and of course her four legged friends that come with her to work everyday.
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