Medicare

Do More Than Worry About Disability Rights — Fuel Our Fight This #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016
In case you have not heard, #GivingTuesday is an annual global day of giving that celebrates generosity and kindness.
As disability civil rights advocates — and people with disabilities — we remain profoundly worried about health care and education (among other issues). We know you are, too.

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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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DREDF responds to CMS request for information on new system for paying Medicare providers.

November 18, 2015
As an organization founded by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, we have long advocated for equally effective and barrier-free healthcare for people with disabilities of all ages. We strongly support the repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) methodology for updating the physician fee schedule (PFS) effected by Section 101 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), and its replacement with a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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Promising Practices: Webinar #2 Recording and Materials

September 28, 2015
Webinar Recording and Materials 9/24/15
PROMISING PRACTICE: An Innovative Three-Way Complex Care Collaboration: Berkeley Center for Independent Living (CIL), LifeLong Medical Care, and Alameda Alliance Health Plan, Berkeley, California

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Advanced Training Webinar on California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI)​

April 23, 2015
California is moving forward with the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally–approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect. The CCI started April 1, 2014, in certain counties, and is ongoing. This advanced training webinar was presented by DREDF's Silvia Yee and Amber Cutler with Justice in Aging.

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Federal Agency Announces Major Initiative To Provide Effective Communication In Healthcare Programs

September 19, 2014
In brief: At the end of August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a "COMMITMENT TO ACTION TO RESOLVE DREDF SECTION 504 COMPLAINTS." DREDF's complaints were filed on behalf of clients who were Medicare beneficiaries and who were blind or visually impaired, and alleged that CMS failed to provide our clients and others who are similarly situated with effective communication needed to fully participate in Medicare.

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Access for Blind and Visually Impaired People Blocked By Single Largest US Healthcare Payer

July 17, 2014
In brief: DREDF is conducting an investigation into the manner in which blind and visually impaired persons covered by Medicare experience problems accessing Medicare notices in alternate formats. Beneficiaries have already reported "solutions" that include relying on third parties to read their private medical information to them.

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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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