DREDF Comments

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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Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP

February 21, 2013
DREDF expresses significant concerns and provides extensive comments and recommendations on certain aspects of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule regarding Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid Premiums and Cost Sharing

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Electronic Access To Marginalized Communities

February 6, 2013
DREDF submitted comments and recommendations to protect access as California state courts transition to e-filing and e-service systems.

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HCBS Documents relating to the Coordinated Care Initiative

February 6, 2013
We are deeply concerned that California's proposed policy will restrict the scope, amount, and duration of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to managed health plan beneficiaries who receive both Medicaid and Medicare. Our letter enumerates our concerns and ongoing questions.

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Mandatory E-Filing

January 25, 2013
On behalf of the undersigned California-based, IOLTA-funded non-profit disability rights advocacy organizations, we applaud the Court Technology and Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committees’ efforts to craft an appropriate uniform rule to address issues related to electronic filing and electronic service in the state’s trial courts. We appreciate this opportunity to offer the attached insights and recommendations in response to the Invitation to Comment (“Invitation”).

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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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