HHS-OCR Complaints Re COVID-19 Medical Discrimination

States: Washington, Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Oklahoma, Connecticut, North Carolina, Oregon, Nebraska

Date Filed: 2020

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

Overview: These complaints concern illegal disability discrimination in medical care that is putting the lives of people with disabilities at imminent risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. The complaints challenge discriminatory crisis standard of care plans, no-visitor policies, and inaccessible testing that violate federal disability rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Case Documents

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: Washington

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: Alabama

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: Tennessee

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: Utah

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: Oklahoma

HHS-OCR Complaint Re No-Visitor Policies: Connecticut

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: North Carolina

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Crisis Standards of Care: Oregon

HHS-OCR Complaint Re Inaccessible Testing: Nebraska

HHS-OCR Documents

HHS-OCR Bulletin: Civil Rights, HIPAA, and COVID-19

OCR Resolution: Alabama

OCR Resolution: Connecticut

OCR Resolution: Tennessee

Additional Resources

Webinar: Disability Discrimination in the Rationing of Life Saving COVID Treatment: Who Gets Left Behind?

Applying HHS’s Guidance for States and Health Care Providers on Avoiding Disability-Based Discrimination in Treatment Rationing

Evaluation Framework for Crisis Standard of Care Plans 

Evaluation Framework for Hospital Visitor Policies

AADMD Statement on People with I/DD and the Allocation of Ventilators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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