Tag Archives: ACA

Do More Than Worry About Disability Rights — Fuel Our Fight This #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016
In case you have not heard, #GivingTuesday is an annual global day of giving that celebrates generosity and kindness.
As disability civil rights advocates — and people with disabilities — we remain profoundly worried about health care and education (among other issues). We know you are, too.

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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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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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Comments on Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

February 6, 2015
DREDF commented on the urgent need to track disability status, specific functional impairment, and reasonable accommodation or policy modifications needed as a first critical step needed to measure and understand the health disparities experienced by people with disabilities.

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Recommendations for Changes to NAIC’s Network Adequacy Model Act

January 12, 2015
We urged NAIC to strengthen its proposed Network Adequacy Model Act by calling for physical and programmatic access criteria to be included in evaluating the capacity of health care provider networks to adequately serve diverse patient populations.

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Comments on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016

December 26, 2014
DREDF submitted comments on HHS proposed rules affecting implementation of portions of the Affordable Care Act that directly affect people with disabilities. In addition to supporting comments submitted by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we urged HHS to issue comprehensive language access standards and technical support for navigator and non-navigator assistance personnel to ensure that people with communication disabilities have equal access to the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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New Guide to Disability for Healthcare Marketplace Navigators

January 9, 2014
The Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators, written by DREDF's Mary Lou Breslin and Silvia Yee, is now available (free registration required). The Guide builds the ACA marketplace navigators' disability literacy so that they provide accommodation and support, correctly identify issues, and give accurate information.

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Information Regarding Nondiscrimination in Health Programs

September 30, 2013
DREDF and colleagues submit extensive comments to US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in healthcare. Our comments were endorsed by fifty–seven diverse disability rights, health policy, consumer advocacy, racial and ethnic health disparity, public health, and research organizations nationwide.

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