Author Archives: Silvia Yee

DREDF Supports CMS Proposed Revisions to Payment Policies Under the CMS Physician Fee Schedule

October 5, 2017
Re: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (CMS-1676-P)

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DREDF Objects to the Massachusetts Request to Eliminate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

October 4, 2017
It has been very difficult to obtain actual data to establish the numbers of people with disabilities among the Medicaid expansion population, given the dearth of both tracked disability-related questions and optional demographic information on disability in the streamlined  enrollment application.  Nonetheless, we submit that many working low-income people with disabilities, including individuals with multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes who may not typical identify as a person with a disability, have enrolled in Medicaid through the expansion option.  Consequently, we are deeply concerned by the proposal to eliminate the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefit for MassHealth CarePlus enrollees, otherwise known as the Medicaid expansion population, except for transportation for substance use disorder (SUD)-related services.

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DREDF and Disability Rights California Reach Agreement to Make the Program More Accessible.

April 29, 2016
Ask your county IHSS worker. You can request your preferred format when you file an application, have an initial assessment, or a reassessment. You can also call your county IHSS worker. Some other IHSS information and documents may be available in alternative formats. You may ask your county IHSS worker for something you need. If it can be provided in your desired format, it will be. If not, your county IHSS worker will work with you to find an alternative that will work for you.

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Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary (CMS–10407)

April 4, 2016
All consumers need clear and accessible information. For consumers with disabilities, however, these needs become quite specific. That is, coverage information about such topics as the treatment of habilitation services and devices durable medical equipment, orthotics and prosthetics, prescription drugs, and mental health coverage is particularly important since these are items that enable people with chronic conditions and disabilities to remain functional in their lives and communities.

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DREDF Comments on Proposed Rule – Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

January 30, 2016
DREDF opposes the proposed rule as a clear erosion of GINA's protections against disclosure of disability-related information by employees and their family members. The Commission's proposed rule disregards the plain language and stated purpose of GINA, recorded in Congressional history and statements, and the regulations already that the EEOC has already promulgated under GINA. Ultimately, a weakened GINA rule, in concert with the expanding promulgation of untested employer wellness programs, will easily and inevitably lead to adverse employment decisions based on fears about the cost of insuring an employer and his or her dependents.

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Federal Marketplace Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017

January 15, 2016
DREDF commented on a large set of proposed regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) shortly before the holidays. The draft regulations concerned Benefit and Payment Parameters for qualified health plans in the federal marketplace in 2017. In our comments, DREDF highlighted concerns with QHP's coverage of rehabilitative devices and durable medical equipment as rehabilitative benefits, and ongoing shortfalls in network adequacy standards with respect to physical and programmatic accessibility.

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Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

November 13, 2015
DREDF submitted comments on proposed regulations issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, on non-discrimination in federally funded and federally conducted healthcare activities and programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the federal and state marketplaces.

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