RIC Event: Supporting the Preventive Health Care Needs of Dually Eligible Women with Disability

Event Start Date: May 12, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: May 12, 2021 - 6:30 PM EDT

You can view the webinar recording below. Supporting documents such as webinar slides, transcript, and additional resources are available to download by scrolling to the attachments section below.



This webinar is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes.


In observance of National Women’s Health Week, this webinar provides strategies providers and health plans can employ to meet the health and safety needs of women with disability dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Dually eligible individuals with disability are more likely to report that they were unable to get necessary medical care, tests, or treatments compared to those without disability.1 Women with disability experience a myriad of barriers in accessing preventive health care services, which may adversely impact their overall health and exacerbate health disparities.2 Barriers to care include physical and structural obstacles, such as inaccessible facilities and limited transportation options to access services; communication challenges; provider bias, including lack of awareness among providers; and financial and systemic barriers.3 As a result, women with disability have lower preventive care screening rates as compared to women without disability, which can delay detection and adequate treatment of health concerns.4

This webinar explores the challenges and barriers that women with disability face in accessing screenings and health services, and highlights promising practices providers and health plans can employ to achieve better integrated, person-centered care. The webinar also addresses increased challenges to accessing preventive health care during the time of the COVID-19 public health emergency. By the end of this interactive webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges and barriers to accessing health care that women with disability face, including attitudinal biases, physical access barriers, communication challenges, stigma, and unmet social needs
  • Identify how providers, care teams, and non-clinical staff can employ integrated and person-centered approaches to support women with disability in receiving care that meets their needs and preferences
  • Describe how health plans and providers can support women with disability by improving communication and physical accessibility

Featured Speakers:

  • Monika Mitra, PhD, Director, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University
  • John Harris, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
  • Sarah Triano, Director, Policy and Innovation, Complex Care, Centene Corporation
  • Amy Shannon, Consumer

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders, including health plan leaders, primary care providers, social workers, care coordinators, case managers, caregivers, and organizations that provide services for dually eligible women with disability.


Women with Disability Resource Guide

Webinar Slides

Webinar Transcript

[1] Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2019). How Does Disability Affect Access to Health Care for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries? Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/OMH/Downloads/Data-Highlight_How-Does-Disability-Affect-Access-to-Health-Care-for-Dual-Eligible-Beneficiaries.pdf.

[2] Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. (2013). Access to Preventive Healthcare Services for Women with Disabilities. Retrieved from https://docslib.org/doc/5820338/access-to-preventive-healthcare-services-for-women-with-disabilities.

[3] Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. (2013).

[4] Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. (2013).