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Initiative Helps Remove Barriers to Medical Services
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Initiative Helps Remove Barriers to Medical Services

The NCIL (National Council on Independent Living) and Fortune 100 company, Centene Corporation, have teamed up on an initiative called the Provider Accessibility Initiative. PAI has launched the “Barrier Removal Fund” in three states, Ohio, Illinois and Texas. The purpose of the “Barrier Removal Fund” is to bridge the accessibility gap between people with disabilities and the medical services and practitioners in which they receive care.

PAI’s mission is to improve health outcomes for individuals with disabilities by increasing the number of practitioners that are part of Centene’s network. Participants of Centene’s network adhere to federal and state minimum standards for disability access.

“We look forward to the day that all Americans can enjoy equal access to this fundamental civil right,” said Kelly Buckland, NCIL Executive Director.

“Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities receive less preventive care due to inaccessible provider exam rooms and/or diagnostic equipment”, said Dr. Ken Yamaguchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Centene.

The Provider Accessibility Initiative plans to achieve its goal by educating Centene’s health plan personnel about disability access requirements and resources available to help members stay in compliance with the standards. The PAI will also work to ensure the accuracy of disability access data in provider directories.

Additionally, PAI will offer the providers in the pilot test states access to compete in awards on behalf of the Barrier Removal Fund. Award recipients will have the chance to receive on-site disability accessibility review by a (CIL) Center for Independent Living affiliate. As an award recipient, such providers may receive funding to remediate any deficiencies in disability access barriers.

Since 1982 NCIL (National Council on Independent Living) has represented thousands of individuals and groups by advocating for the human and civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

Centene Corporation is a multi-national healthcare corporation that focuses primarily on uninsured or underinsured individuals. Many of Centene’s clients receive Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and ABD (Aged, Blind or Disabled). For more information about Centene, please visit Centene Corporation.

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