HEADs UP Act of 2018

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) has just introduced the Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally Disabled and Underserved Population Act, or the HEADs UP Act of 2018. This piece of legislation would designate people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) as a Medically Underserved Population (MUP). This designation is direly needed as people with I/DD experience poorer health outcomes, shortened life expectancies, and lack access to even the most basic forms of care when compared to the non-disabled population. The I/DD population meets every criteria to be designated as a MUP, and doing so would open access to over 25 federal programs that would expand access to primary care and specialist services, incentivize new research, and authorize more favorable reimbursement rates for providers who treat this population, among other programs.

Congressman Moulton introduced this bill on the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, with his colleague, Congressman Gregg Harper (MS-03). They are confident that if signed into law, this bill would lead to improved health outcomes, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – and will help to fully realize the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you would like to support this legislation, please reach out to Congressman Seth Moulton's office at 202-225-8020. We have also attached here the Dear Colleague letter, the bill text, and a more descriptive 2-page document on why this bill is necessary.

Dear Colleague Letter

Two Page Descriptive Document

The Bill Text