2015

Toolkit for VR Counselors

IRI logoHDA helped revise the Institute on Rehabilitation Issues’ materials to help counselors better understand how the ACA may affect their clients and how the changes in our health care system can provide additional opportunities to eliminate barriers to employment for people and businesses.

HDA worked with the partnership of the U.S. Department of Education, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, and George Washington University to develop a toolkit developed for the 37th IRI. The toolkit provides timely information on how recent changes in the health care system create additional ways to eliminate barriers to employment for both people and businesses. It includes sections on essential health benefits for persons with disabilities, which VR consumers may be a good fit for marketplace coverage, and expanded Medicaid for VR consumers. The resource also provides typical scenarios of working with VR consumers and how the ACA may impact their situations. The toolkit is designed to help counselors understand how the changes in our health care system can provide additional opportunities for people and businesses to get health care coverage. Using it will enable them to better understand how the ACA may affect clients, refer clients to experts for help, and include health coverage in a plan for education or employment.

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