CMS OMH Celebrates Disability Pride Month and the 33rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Throughout July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) celebrates Disability Pride Month and the anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Enacted on July 26, 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services. During this observance CMS OMH highlights the unique health care challenges and barriers faced by those living with a disability.   

61 million adults in the United States have some type of disability, with the most prominent disabilities being mobility (serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs) and cognition (serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions). Individuals living with disabilities face poorer overall health outcomes, including increased likelihood of obesity (41.6%), diabetes (15.9%), and depression (43%) 

Additionally, individuals living with disabilities face barriers to care, with 1 in 4 adults with disabilities not having access to a usual health care provider and 1 in 5 adults with disabilities not having access to a routine check-up in the past year. This puts those individuals living with disabilities at increased risk for poor health outcomes.

During Disability Pride Month, CMS OMH is highlighting how you can help address these barriers and disparities impacting individuals living with disabilities. The anniversary of the ADA offers us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring people with disabilities have access to quality health care services and share resources providers can use to help empower individuals living with disabilities.