Bloomberg Law
March 23, 2020, 5:17 PMUpdated: March 23, 2020, 7:25 PM

Virus Stokes Discrimination Concerns From Disability Groups (2)

Valerie Bauman
Valerie Bauman

A group of nonprofits in Washington state have filed a complaint with the federal government, raising “grave concerns” about discrimination against disabled people that could emerge as health-care resources dwindle due to Covid-19.

The organizations filed their complaint on Monday with the Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services. They said they’re afraid that patients with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities will become a lower priority when it comes to treatment rationing and access to ventilators.

The advocacy groups focused on Washington state, where they allege that the state’s Department of Health and the Northwest ...

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