DREDF Comments on Proposed Rule – Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

January 30, 2016
DREDF opposes the proposed rule as a clear erosion of GINA's protections against disclosure of disability-related information by employees and their family members. The Commission's proposed rule disregards the plain language and stated purpose of GINA, recorded in Congressional history and statements, and the regulations already that the EEOC has already promulgated under GINA. Ultimately, a weakened GINA rule, in concert with the expanding promulgation of untested employer wellness programs, will easily and inevitably lead to adverse employment decisions based on fears about the cost of insuring an employer and his or her dependents.

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NAD and Gogo Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

January 26, 2016
Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

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DREDF Demands Action After State Fails To Protect Children From Abuse In Special Education

January 15, 2016
DREDF, the ACLU, and Disability Rights California delivered a demand letter to officials at the California Department of Education that calls for an independent monitor to investigate abusive practices at segregated special education sites all across the state. The demand came days after the release of a disturbing video showing a 9-year-old student with disabilities being restrained and hit by staffers at Tobinworld, a publicly-funded special education school in Antioch, California.

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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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Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities

November 16, 2015
In June 2015, the National Council on Disability released, Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities, a report researched and written by DREDF. The School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP) refers to the practice of pushing students out of school and into the criminal justice system. The report’s findings document that students with disabilities, especially students of color with disabilities, are at the greatest risk of being thrust into the STPP.

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Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

November 13, 2015
DREDF submitted comments on proposed regulations issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, on non-discrimination in federally funded and federally conducted healthcare activities and programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the federal and state marketplaces.

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Self-Driving Cars the Focus of Latest Report from the NCD

November 2, 2015
Concord, NH – On Monday, November 2, 2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released “Self Driving Cars: Mapping Access to a Technology Revolution.” DREDF's Executive Director Susan Henderson and Senior Policy Analyst Marilyn Golden conducted the research and wrote this forward looking report.

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