MTDH Program Areas
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Montana Disability and Health Program is organized to respond to the health priorities of Montanans with disabilities across the life course. Disability has been defined by the 2005 Surgeon General’s Call to Action as “a feature of the body, mind or senses that can affect a person’s daily life.”
In addition, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) was established to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity for vulnerable populations including populations with disability.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most significant and widely debated pieces of healthcare legislation in generations, and it has altered the way that people with disabilities will receive health care and ancillary services for generations to come. The National Council on Disabilities has published a three-part series on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for people with disabilities. This series is available at: http://www.ncd.gov/policy/long-term-services-support