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Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic

Health Care

Everyone depends on health care products and services to stay well and live, work, and participate in our communities, and research indeed suggests that there is a reciprocal relationship between employment and health. However, for many Americans with disabilities, access to adequate and affordable health care coverage and services are significant obstacles to independent living, employment, and full inclusion in society. Thus, ODEP actively seeks to integrate health care issues across its employment policy efforts.

The following provide more information about health care and its connection to disability employment and the work ODEP and its partners are undertaking in this area:

  • ePolicyWorks Health Care — This collaborative online workspace allows national experts and key stakeholders to work together on strategies to effectively address employment, disability and health-care related issues. Membership is open to Federal agency representatives and other policymakers from non-partisan, nonprofit organizations interested in the intersection between employment, disability and health care and increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Health Resources — A wide range of information is available on health care programs and resources for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers.
  • Employment and HIV/AIDS — DOL is one of six Federal agencies responsible for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. ODEP plays a key role in DOL's efforts to carry out the Strategy, focusing in particular on improving employment opportunities and outcomes and reducing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • The Role of Health Care in the Stay at Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW) Process
  • Health Care and Youth Transitions — As youth transition from secondary education to post-secondary education and employment, many are also transitioning from pediatric health care to adult health care settings. Youth with disabilities may face unique challenges during these transitions. ODEP and its partners examine the challenges that youth, including youth with disabilities, encounter and seek to provide tools and resources that facilitate successful transitions.
  • LEAD Center Employment, Health Care, and Disability Policy Updates — Published on a monthly basis, the Policy Update is intended to provide stakeholders with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and related topics with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) Alliance — ODEP and NOND partnered to conduct outreach, education, and technical assistance activities to promote the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities in the health care sector.