Take Action! The AHCA is a Very Bad Idea for People with Disabilities

March 22, 2017
The AHCA will place the lives of children and adults with disabilities at risk.
Medicaid home and community-based services make it possible for Alana Theriault to work, live in her own home with her partner, spend time with friends, and be active in her community. If the American Health Care Act passes, all of that is at risk. Her life could be at risk.

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The AHCA Creates the “Perfect Storm” for People with Disabilities

March 15, 2017
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill unveiled last week by Republicans in both the House and the Senate, tells middle and low–income people with disabilities and their families a simple, brutal message: "You're on your own."

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Action Alert! Join us in Opposing the American Health Care Act — Call Congress today!

March 8, 2017
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was introduced in the House of Representatives on March 6th and will soon be introduced in the Senate. The bill will hurt moderate and low–income people with disabilities and their families on two fronts...

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Action Alert: Call Your Senator to Save Equitable Access Protections for Students with Disabilities!

March 7, 2017
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to overturn the ESSA regulations. As soon as Wednesday, March 8, the Senate is set to vote on the repeal of ESSA regulations. If the regulations are repealed, students with disabilities lose the protections the regulations provide to ensure equitable access to education.

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Fight Secret Efforts to Slash Medicaid Funding and Repeal the Affordable Care Act

March 3, 2017
We are at a critical juncture in Congress' attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dramatically undermine Medicaid by changing its financing to a block grant or per capita cap. Yesterday we learned from several sources of a secret plan that only let Republican members and staffers may view in a "dedicated reading room."

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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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Action Alert! Call Now to Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on Betsy DeVos!!

February 1, 2017
Join students with disabilities, parents, and advocates to let your senators know that Betsy DeVos' support for school vouchers will undermine the rights of students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ask them to vote NO to her confirmation!

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Action Alert! Preserve Health Care and Medicaid for People with Disabilities and Seniors

January 31, 2017
Call Today to Preserve Health Care and Medicaid for People with Disabilities & Seniors
The President and Congress are moving quickly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and major cuts to and restructuring of Medicaid and Medicare may not be far behind. We must let policymakers know that these changes will harm seniors and people with disabilities and may force some into institutions.

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Action Alert: Act Today to Protect Health Care!

January 9, 2017
Congressional leaders have declared that one of their first goals in the new Congress is to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) and "replace" it. While Congress has passed many bills to repeal the ACA in the past, it was clear that President Obama would veto them. But this is not the case with President–elect Donald Trump who says he will sign an ACA repeal bill.

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Johnny T. and Lihn N. v. Vy Chi Nguyen, MD, et al.

December 21, 2016
Despite advances in education, awareness, and legal protections, people living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination in critical areas such as health care. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits medical providers from discriminating against potential or actual patients based on their disabilities.

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