Disability Discrimination

DREDF Statement on Hollywood Hills Tragedy

September 13, 2017
As the southern half of the United States begins repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, news reports surfaced that residents of a Hollywood Hills assisted living facility called The Rehabilitation Center were inside the center without air conditioning. Eight people died even though there was a hospital across the street, just mere yards from the nursing home.

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Johnny T. and Lihn N. v. Vy Chi Nguyen, MD, et al.

December 21, 2016
Despite advances in education, awareness, and legal protections, people living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination in critical areas such as health care. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits medical providers from discriminating against potential or actual patients based on their disabilities.

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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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Comments on Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

February 6, 2015
DREDF commented on the urgent need to track disability status, specific functional impairment, and reasonable accommodation or policy modifications needed as a first critical step needed to measure and understand the health disparities experienced by people with disabilities.

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It’s What We Hoped Would Happen: HEALTHCARE STORIES

January 12, 2014
It's absolutely satisfying to see DREDF's HEALTHCARE STORIES videos make their way into the hands of our primary target audiences: providers of healthcare services and medical educators. On January 24, 2014, Mary Lou Breslin will screen a selection of our HEALTHCARE STORIES at the University of California, San Francisco, one of the leading medical centers and schools in the US.

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CRPD Hearing in the United States Senate

October 30, 2013
Chairman Menendez has scheduled the first of two Hearings on the CRPD on Nov 5th!

Senators Menendez and Corker and our target senators on the Foreign Relations Committee need to hear from everyone; they are logging all call and contacts made state by state. Our floor time depends on them hearing from you!  It is time for action NOW!

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Information Regarding Nondiscrimination in Health Programs

September 30, 2013
DREDF and colleagues submit extensive comments to US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in healthcare. Our comments were endorsed by fifty–seven diverse disability rights, health policy, consumer advocacy, racial and ethnic health disparity, public health, and research organizations nationwide.

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Single Streamlined Insurance Marketplace Application

February 28, 2013
The single streamlined application proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has the potential to remove or ease application and eligibility barriers commonly encountered by people with disabilities, both as consumers of private health insurance and beneficiaries of public programs.

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Statement on Senate CRPD Vote

February 19, 2013
Despite the support of over 300 disability rights and veterans organizations, the US Senate failed to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) today, with a final vote of 61 Senators in support and 38 Senators opposed.

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LAAC Comments on Mandatory E-Filing

January 23, 2013
On January 25, 2013, DREDF, with cosigning organizations Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Legal Center, and Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, submitted comments and recommendations to protect access as California state courts transition to e–filing and e-service systems. The full letter was part of a larger joint legal aid system comment that included the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC). Our shared purpose was to underscore the value of electronic access to marginalized communities – and how to not squander this opportunity for improvements.

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