Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of disability, an unsurprising fact considering that the significant expenses of health care make it the No. 1 reason individuals file for bankruptcy. One-third of GoFundMe donations are dedicated to health care expenses; this, too, is not surprising, given that the American Journal of Medicine reports that more than 40 percent of the 9.5 million people diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2012 had zero savings left after two years.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, was a game-changer for the disability community and was in some ways comparable to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in terms of the impact the law had on peoples’ lives. While much of the law’s importance has centered on its anti-discrimination protections for people with preexisting conditions—which do have a significant effect on people with disabilities and chronic health conditions—there