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HHS Cracks Down on Disability Bias During Pandemic, Disasters

Jan. 14, 2021, 9:31 PM

Doctors and other health-care providers can no longer prioritize patients without disabilities during emergencies like Covid-19 in two states and the Indian Health Service, the HHS said Thursday.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has made ensuring equitable care for disabled patients during the Covid-19 pandemic a priority. Thursday’s action by the office involved four resolutions with North Texas, Southwestern Texas, North Carolina, and the Indian Health Service.

All four resolutions focus on how care is provided when resources are scarce during a disaster, known as crisis standards of care. Many ...