States: Washington, Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Oklahoma, Connecticut, North Carolina, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona, DC, Texas
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).
Crisis Standard of Care Complaints
WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9 News: TN disability rights advocates: State regulations discriminate by rationing critical care
The Atlantic: Americans With Disabilities Are Terrified
Washington Post: Who gets a shot at life if hospitals run short of ventilators?
The Center for Public Integrity: State Policies May Send People With Disabilities to the Back of the Line for Ventilators
Alabama Political Reporter: Feds resolve complaint over “discriminatory” Alabama emergency ventilator policy
Nashville Post: Group files complaint against state triage guidance to HHS
New York Times: Coronavirus Crisis Exacts Toll on People With Disabilities
Eyewitness News 3: Formal discrimination complaint filed on behalf of people with disabilities
The CT Mirror: Hospital visitor bans fail disabled patients, complaint says
Hartford Business Journal: CT, Hartford HealthCare resolve civil rights complaint over visitor restrictions
Disability Scoop: Hospitals Told To Allow Visitors For Individuals With Disabilities
Lincoln Journal Star: Disability Rights Nebraska files complaint over Test Nebraska access
Bloomberg Law: Tennessee Updates Virus Plan After Disability Groups Protest
New York Times: Should Youth Come First in Coronavirus Care?
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah revises emergency plans to protect people with disabilities
Associated Press: Arizona revises health standards around ‘medical rationing’
The Center for Public Integrity: Once Again, Some States are Choosing who Gets COVID-19 Care
Washington Post: MedStar Agrees to Deal in Federal Discrimination Case