Trump Administration Says Disability No Reason To Deny COVID-19 Care

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(disabilityscoop) – The Trump administration is warning states and health care providers not to discriminate against people with disabilities as coronavirus spreads.

In a bulletin issued Saturday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights said that the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other laws prohibiting discrimination in federally-funded health programs remain in effect.

“As such, persons with disabilities should not be denied medical care on the basis of stereotypes, assessments of quality of life, or judgments about a person’s relative ‘worth’ based on the presence or absence of disabilities,” reads the bulletin.

“Decisions by covered entities concerning whether an individual is a candidate for treatment should be based on an individualized assessment of the patient based on the best available objective medical evidence.” CONTINUE