This forthcoming article argues that basing resource allocation or triage decisions on a person’s pre-existing disability violates provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Affordable Care Act.   These federal laws prohibit discrimination against Read More
This JAMA Perspective describes the criminal and civil legal risks that may face providers for withholding or withdrawing ventilators. The authors assess the criminal and civil legal risks as low, but not trivial. On the criminal risks, ventilator withdrawal may Read More
The Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, American Association of Critical‐Care Nurses, and American College of Chest Physicians issued a consensus statement on the concept of placing multiple Read More
Multiple states (including TX, RI, MA, FL) have adopted policies restricting travel into their states from outbreak hot spots. While Texas has not yet adopted a state-wide shelter-in-place policy, they have established a policy ordering a 14-day self-quarantine for any Read More
The authors of this Hastings Center Report explain how ethical and legal duties intersect with public health in a time of crisis. When the health system can no longer handle the needs of all persons seeking care, ethical and legal Read More
This expert-authored report lays out multi-tiered path out from sheltering-in-place through recovery to reinforcing our response infrastructure. When will it be ok to begin loosening the stay-at-home restrictions currently in place, and when will things get back to normal? A Read More
A new bulletin from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) addresses the application of existing federal anti-discrimination laws to the treatment of persons with disabilities and other groups during a public health Read More
This L.A. Times article explores professional and ethical challenges medical professionals may face in making decisions about who receives scarce resources if COVID-19 cases surge beyond what the health care system can handle. During a public health emergency, triage decisions Read More
This article discusses how multiple disability advocacy groups have filed civil rights complaints challenging Washington’s and Alabama’s plans for resource allocation during a public health crisis, arguing that the states’ plans discriminate against persons with disabilities. The groups argue that Read More

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