DREDF Comments

DREDF National Park Service (NPS) Service Animal Comments

June 19, 2014
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the National Park Service (NPS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 (16 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.), and bring its service animal provisions in line with existing federal disability rights laws.

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DREDF Comments on Proposed DOJ ADAAA Regulations

March 29, 2014
DREDF submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008. The ADA Amendments Act (often called the ADAAA) was enacted to restore the broad scope of the ADA's definition of "disability" in the wake of several U.S. Supreme Court decisions that had narrowly interpreted that definition in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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NPRM Posed Regulatory Changes to Medicare (Part D) and (Part C)

March 7, 2014
DREDF submitted comments to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) posted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The NPRM posed regulatory changes to the operation of the Medicare prescription drug program (Part D) and the Medicare managed care program (Part C). DREDF supported some aspects of the NPRM which called for greater consumer protections and increased oversight of, and accountability from, managed care plans who have Medicare beneficiaries. At the same time...

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Comments on FDASIA Section 907 Report

November 20, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA) that underlies both the FDA report and the Action Plan explicitly mentions sex, age, racial, and ethnic subgroup characteristics, but the use of language like "including" and "such as" in Section 907 of the act clearly indicates that the FDA was not given an exhaustive list to consider when assessing the extent to which clinical trial preparation and safety and effectiveness data take demographic subgroups into account. As such, the FDA's lack of consideration of disability in its recent report is a choice, and it is not a choice that can go unremarked.

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DREDF Comment on ACA Exchange Surveys

August 27, 2013
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on its proposed Enrollee Satisfaction Surveys on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). DREDF is a leading national law and policy center that works to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. We are committed to eliminating barriers and increasing access to insurance coverage and effective healthcare for people with disabilities, and eliminating persistent health disparities that affect the length and quality of their lives.

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