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Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed net neutrality — a terrible step for what has traditionally been a free and open internet, and for American democracy.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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Enrollment Is Resistance: Get Covered!

November 1, 2017
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, where approximately 12 million people buy health insurance, begins today Wednesday, November 1 and continues until December 15. According to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services' policy division, 80 percent of HealthCare.gov enrollees will be able to purchase a plan for $75 or less per month — making the 2018 insurance exchanges the lowest ever premiums for many consumers.

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Trump Administration Bypasses Congress, Declares “All Out War” On Obamacare

October 13, 2017
Making good on his promise to "never stop" his personal obsession to crush anything connected to Obamacare, late Thursday night President Trump issued a statement saying that his Administration would do away with Federal subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out of pocket costs for people on low-incomes under the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in the day, President Trump circumvented Congress by signing an Executive Order allowing insurance companies to sell lower cost policies with fewer benefits as a means of drawing younger, healthier people away from existing Obamacare marketplaces.

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DREDF Supports CMS Proposed Revisions to Payment Policies Under the CMS Physician Fee Schedule

October 5, 2017
Re: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (CMS-1676-P)

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DREDF Objects to the Massachusetts Request to Eliminate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

October 4, 2017
It has been very difficult to obtain actual data to establish the numbers of people with disabilities among the Medicaid expansion population, given the dearth of both tracked disability-related questions and optional demographic information on disability in the streamlined  enrollment application.  Nonetheless, we submit that many working low-income people with disabilities, including individuals with multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes who may not typical identify as a person with a disability, have enrolled in Medicaid through the expansion option.  Consequently, we are deeply concerned by the proposal to eliminate the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefit for MassHealth CarePlus enrollees, otherwise known as the Medicaid expansion population, except for transportation for substance use disorder (SUD)-related services.

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