Disability Coalition


The Disability Coalition is an open and informal cross-disability coalition of individuals with disabilities, family members and advocates, along with organizations and agencies that represent and advocate for the needs and interests of persons with disabilities.
The purpose of the Coalition is to promote a collaborative and coordinated approach to public policy issues affecting persons with disabilities, with a primary emphasis on Medicaid programs such as the community-based waiver programs and the Personal Care Option.
Efforts of the Coalition are coordinated through a Steering Committee made up of representatives of five disability advocacy organizations/agencies.  The Coalition is administered through Disability Rights New Mexico, with funding from the DD Planning Council, DRNM and other organizational members of the Steering Committee.

More Information
About The Disability Coalition
Steering Committee membership and staff

News and Coming Events

2014 February PLAN Newsletter
2014 PLAN Newsletter

Coalition action on Centennial Care
The Coalition Steering Committee recently sent a letter to Governor Martinez expressing concern over the lack of information being provided to Medicaid recipients about how Centennial Care will be implemented, and the lack of input and involvement by consumers and advocates in planning for implementation of the program.  The letter asks the governor to direct HSD to address these concerns.  Last October The Disability Coalition and DRNM jointly submitted lengthy and detailed comments to the federal government on the state's proposal to restructure the Medicaid program into Centennial Care.   The joint comments called upon CMS to require a variety of improvements and clarifications prior to federal approval.  Click here for a copy of the Coalition/DRNM letter.  CMS has not made a final decision on these issues and has not yet approved the waiver to implement Centennial Care.

Health Care Reform: What does it mean for people with disabilities and their families?
The Disability Coalition issued a series of brief bulletins this summer on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that are of particular interest to persons with disabilities.  The development and distribution of the bulletins, as well as informational training sessions held in Farmington and Albuquerque, were underwritten in part by a grant from the Governor's Commission on Disability through its Quality of Life grant program.  Check out the links below to learn more about the ACA and its importance to people with disabilities:
Bulletin 1: (Already in Effect) Improving access to coverage
Bulletin 2: (Already in Effect) Improving insurance coverage
Bulletin 3: (Already in Effect) Regulating insurance for better value
Bulletin 4: (Already in Effect) Protecting against loss of Medicaid coverage
Bulletin 5: (Already in Effect) Medicare improvements
Bulletin 6: (Coming in 2014)  Medicaid expansion
Bulletin 7: (Coming in 2014)  Additional insurance protections
Bulletin 8: (Coming in 2014)  Essential health care benefits
Bulletin 9: (Coming in 2014)  Individual mandate and subsidies
Bulletin 10: (Coming in 2014)  Health Insurance Exchanges

Fact Sheets on Disability Programs
The Disability Coalition has a series of Fact Sheets on key Medicaid programs of interest to persons with disabilities.  Click on the links below for information on these programs:
Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program




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