We Won

July 28, 2017
Last night the disability community witnessed the fruits of our labor when the Senate GOP failed in its quest to repeal and replace, or just repeal, the Affordable Care Act. Make no mistake, this would not have happened if disabled activists hadn't pushed the issue initially and kept it alive in headlines and in the minds of elected officials by visiting Senator's offices, calling, writing, emailing daily and, yes, risking arrest, sitting-in and being arrested until the rest of the country could catch up.  The nation owes groups like ADAPT a huge debt of gratitude.

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27th Anniversary of the ADA

July 26, 2017
As the the sun sets here in the West, we extend our thanks to Senator Bob Casey for supporting liberty and freedom for Americans with Disabilities on the 27th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We'll rise on July 27, and continue to work with you and our fellow advocates to defend access to health care for millions of Americans.

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Atlantic Documentary: The Disabled Fight for Health Care

July 10, 2017
For this short documentary, The Atlantic's Jeremy Raff traveled to the heart of the disability rights movement in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn why people with disabilities fear the Republican health plan. In the compelling 10 minute video, DREDF's own Mary Lou Breslin relates that cuts to Medicaid could ultimately cost 3 million people with disabilities their freedom, and erode "40 years of hard won gains by the disability rights movement."

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A Delay is Good, but the Fight for Healthcare is Not Over

June 28, 2017
DREDF is grateful to the thousands of disabled Americans who have visited the offices of elected officials in recent weeks either by demonstrating or by meeting with staff, and for those who have called, emailed, tweeted, and shared Facebook messages with your Senators and Representatives.

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Congressional Budget Office: “Senate health-care bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026”

June 27, 2017
On Monday, June 26, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their assessment of the draft Senate GOP health care bill and the news is as bad as expected. There will be a reduction of $772 billion in federal Medicaid spending, representing a 26% reduction for the program by 2026.

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DREDF-Hosted Attorney Fellow Applications Due Monday, July 24!

June 22, 2017
DREDF-Hosted Attorney Fellow Applications Due Monday, July 24!
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, located in Berkeley, California seeks candidates for collaboration on Skadden, Equal Justice Works (EJW), and other public interest fellowship applications for the two year period beginning fall 2018.  Such fellowships offer recent law graduates an invaluable opportunity for entry-level training in various aspects of public interest law practice.

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No Secrets in Healthcare Reform! Demand that the Senate #ShowUsTheBill

June 20, 2017
Senate Republicans are meeting in private to discuss proposed provisions of the AHCA at their caucus lunch from 12:30 to 2 pm Eastern. In a highly controversial and widely criticized move, the Senate has kept details of the bill secret, and indications are that they will not share specifics with the public until just before the vote.

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