Tag Archives: US Department of Health and Human Services

DREDF Comment on ACA Exchange Surveys

August 27, 2013
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on its proposed Enrollee Satisfaction Surveys on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). DREDF is a leading national law and policy center that works to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. We are committed to eliminating barriers and increasing access to insurance coverage and effective healthcare for people with disabilities, and eliminating persistent health disparities that affect the length and quality of their lives.

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Single Streamlined Insurance Marketplace Application

February 28, 2013
The single streamlined application proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has the potential to remove or ease application and eligibility barriers commonly encountered by people with disabilities, both as consumers of private health insurance and beneficiaries of public programs.

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Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP

February 21, 2013
DREDF expresses significant concerns and provides extensive comments and recommendations on certain aspects of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule regarding Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid Premiums and Cost Sharing

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Electronic Access To Marginalized Communities

February 6, 2013
DREDF submitted comments and recommendations to protect access as California state courts transition to e-filing and e-service systems.

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HCBS Documents relating to the Coordinated Care Initiative

February 6, 2013
We are deeply concerned that California's proposed policy will restrict the scope, amount, and duration of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to managed health plan beneficiaries who receive both Medicaid and Medicare. Our letter enumerates our concerns and ongoing questions.

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DREDF Files Administrative Complaint with HHS and OCR

July 13, 2012
DREDF has filed an administrative complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS–OCR) charging the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) with failure to adequately monitor disability discrimination in public benefits programs throughout California.

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EHR Standards and Certification Criteria

May 7, 2012
In the proposed rules for Stage 2, we were similarly troubled to see CMS state that: However, providers should be aware that while meaningful use is limited to the capabilities of CEHRT to provide online access there may be patients who cannot access their EHRs electronically because of their disability.

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