Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it will begin accepting applications for the National Disabled Insurance Program (NDIP) on October 1.
The program is part of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide insurance to people with disabilities, though it’s not yet clear if the U.K. is included.
The NDIP program covers nearly 3.6 million Americans, though that number is likely to grow as the program expands.
More than a million people in the U: 4,700 to 7,400 in 2018, according to the NDIP’s website, and nearly half of those are in the workforce.
The U.N. Assistance Mission for People with Disabilities (UNAMI) says that the NDIPP program is needed to ensure that people with physical and mental disabilities can access financial support and services to live independently.
“The NDIPP is a vital tool to address a real problem for people with disability, including homelessness, unemployment, and poverty,” said UNAMI Executive Director, Jumana Nagarwala.
“The NDip is the best way to make sure people with the disabilities receive the services and support they need to live independent, productive lives.
It is critical that we provide the NDip to people who are struggling with the costs and barriers of living independently, and to enable them to achieve the full range of human rights.”
The NDPA is currently being expanded to include more categories of people with mental disabilities.