By Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer Consumers with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are a focus of both policy makers and health plan executives. For policy makers, there is a focus on improving life expectancy. For this population, life expectancy is 20 years shorter than that of the general population—and these consumers are three times as likely to die following a COVID-19 diagnosis (see The Devastating Impact Of Covid-19 On Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities In The United States). And, 70% to 80% of this population has multiple physical medical and behavioral co-morbidities (see Multiple Physical And Mental Health Comorbidity In Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: Population-Based Cross-Sectional Analysis, Multimorbidity In…
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