State and National Organizations Send Clear Message: NH’s Crisis of Care Guidelines Must Not Discriminate Against People with Disabilities
Across the nation, hospitals and states are looking at shortages of critical healthcare services and equipment as the COVID-19 public health crisis threatens to overwhelm hospital capacity. New Hampshire is developing guidance for hospitals and hospitals are revising their plans in the face of real likelihood that they will not have enough lifesaving equipment to meet the needs of everyone.
Plans from other states clearly discriminate against people with disabilities so twenty-nine organizations, representing thousands of people with disabilities and rare diseases across the state, provided feedback on draft guidance relating to how NH’s healthcare providers will respond to a crisis. We sent a strong message that NH’s Crisis of Care Guidelines must guard against explicit or implicit discrimination against people with disabilities.