Available Disability Rights Clinical Internships

January 4, 2018
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), located in Berkeley, California, offers field placement internships and summer positions for law students.  Academic term internships generally involve a commitment of 8 to 16 hours per week.  Summer internships generally involve a 40-hour per week commitment for at least 5 weeks, and preferably 8 to 10 weeks.  Individuals with disabilities, minority, and women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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Congress Is Feeling the Heat. But Beware of the Hidden Costs of the GOP’s #TaxOnDisability

December 15, 2017
On December 15, the Senate and House agreed on a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The House is expected to vote on the final bill Tuesday or Wednesday with Senate vote coming shortly thereafter.

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The FCC Just Voted To Take Away Net Neutrality. The Good News? Congress Can Still Stop It.

December 14, 2017
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed net neutrality — a terrible step for what has traditionally been a free and open internet, and for American democracy. Repeal of net neutrality rules will allow dominant companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to discriminate against rivals by prioritizing their own content.

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Defeat the GOP #TaxOnDisability!

December 4, 2017
The House and the Senate need to reconcile differences found in their version of the different tax bills by going to conference. They can also decide to forego that process and simply vote on the Senate version instead. We're told that House Representatives could vote as early as TODAY, Monday, December 4th.

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DREDF Comments on HHS Proposed 2019 NBPP for Marketplace

November 29, 2017
HHS's recently released Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters proposes a number of significant "updates" to rules that regulate the ACA marketplaces, as well as changes in who is responsible for the actual monitoring and enforcement of those rules. DREDF's response highlights our opposition to proposals to change how essential health benefit standards are established in each state, the way that provider network adequacy is enforced for plans participating in the exchanges, and the requirement that requires plans to limit their use of premiums for expenses other than medical benefits. DREDF also criticizes greatly reduced federal support for Navigators and increases on individual and family cost-sharing limits.

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National Call-In Day on Wednesday, November 29!!!
Stop the #TaxOnDisability

November 27, 2017
If the GOP Senate manages to eliminate the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act insurance premiums are projected to increase by 10% on average and an estimated 13 million people will lose health insurance.

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DREDF responds to CMS Innovation Center’s RFI

November 21, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) put out an informal Request for Information on September 20, seeking stakeholder feedback on a "new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms." The RFI emphasizes choice and competition as the keys to higher quality, reduced costs, and improved patient outcomes. DREDF response emphasizes the critical need for enhancing and integrating long-term services and supports across all of CMMI's models, including within accountable care organizations, advance payment models, and PACE programs for younger people with disabilities.

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