Bloomberg Law
March 25, 2020, 4:22 PM

Alabama’s Virus Ventilator Plan Latest to Draw Ire of Disabled

Valerie Bauman
Valerie Bauman

A group of nonprofits advocating for the disabled filed a federal complaint over Alabama’s new plan to ration ventilators in the wake of Covid-19.

The complaint outlines concerns that the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Emergency Operations Plan for addressing ventilator rationing in the event of a health emergency will discriminate against those with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.

The groups, including the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program and The Arc of the United States, filed the complaint on Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.

The plan orders hospitals to “not offer mechanical ...

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