Medi-Cal

Disability Rights Groups and The State of California Reach Novel Settlement Agreement

February 2, 2017
Blind and visually impaired Californians who are enrolled in the Medi-Cal In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program can now read their IHSS communications and submit timesheets privately and independently. Disability Rights California (DRC) and Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) reached a collaborative and creative agreement with the California Department of Health Care services (DHCS) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to ensure equal and effective communication for blind and visually impaired IHSS recipients and applicants.

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Orange County Residents Sue County and State Agencies

December 21, 2016
Orange County Residents Sue County and State Agencies for Discrimination in Medical Services Against Persons with HIV
Despite Advances In Education, Awareness, And Legal Protections Such As The ADA Passed 26 Years Ago, People Living With HIV Continue To Face Stigma And Discrimination — Including Health Care.

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Three Promising Practices: Materials and Recordings

October 21, 2015
DREDF, on behalf of the Aging and Disability Partnership for Managed Long Term Services and Supports presented three free live webcasts that took place on August 27, September 24 and October 14, 2015. The webinars explored promising collaborations among Independent Living Centers, Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and clinical settings.

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September 22 Webinar Materials Available

September 23, 2015
The webinar covered the consumer protections provided under the CCI. The webinar also provided a detailed summary of what benefits will be provided by Cal MediConnect plans and a review of what long term services and supports are being integrated into managed care.

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Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) BASICS: Preparing for Changes

August 22, 2013
Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) BASICS: Preparing for Changes." This webinar provided an updated overview of California's plan to enroll seniors and people with disabilities who have both Medicare and Medi–Cal into managed care and integrate Long–Term Services and Supports (LTSS).

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DREDF Files Administrative Complaint with HHS and OCR

July 13, 2012
DREDF has filed an administrative complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS–OCR) charging the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) with failure to adequately monitor disability discrimination in public benefits programs throughout California.

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Laguna Honda Hospital

October 13, 2006
In 2006, six residents of Laguna Honda Hospital, joined by the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRCSF) in San Francisco, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court to challenge San Francisco's discriminatory actions resulting in their unnecessary confinement at Laguna Honda Hospital, a more than 1,000 - bed nursing facility owned and operated by the City. The suite alleged that the plaintiffs were capable of, and would prefer to live in their own homes or in the community. In September 2008, Judge William Alsup approved a settlement that greatly increased community-based housing, service options and coordination of care.

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