For Immediate Release

                                                                              Contact: Katrin Haldeman

DRNY Seeks Clear Guidance from DOH to
Prevent Discriminatory Rationing of Healthcare

Albany, NY April 7, 2020:  Disability Rights New York (DRNY) has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) against the New York State Department of Health (DOH), because there are no policies from DOH to prevent the discriminatory rationing of health care to people with disabilities.

DRNY is requesting that HHS require DOH to immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that New Yorkers with disabilities have equal access to life saving health care.

The 2015 Ventilator Allocation Guidelines can be used to prevent people with disabilities from obtaining ventilators simply because they have underlying conditions that may intensify symptoms and slow recovery. Hospitals and other medical facilities need clear guidance that such actions would be discriminatory, illegal and actionable.

“Every day we hear from real people with real fears. Our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities can no longer be ignored, marginalized and treated as expendable in these life and death situations. These are not hypothetical concerns. The guidelines are recommendations and not law. A real policy prohibiting discrimination in the allocation of ventilators and all healthcare must be enacted immediately.” Timothy A. Clune, DRNY Exec. Director.


DRNY is the designated independent non-profit Protection & Advocacy System empowered by Congress to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect and provide legal and non-legal advocacy services to people with disabilities in New York State. The Protection & Advocacy System was created by Congress as a direct result of the horrific conditions that were uncovered in the 1970's at New York’s Willowbrook State School.

DRNY is supported at tax payer expense by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, The Administration for Community Living ; Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration; U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration; and, the Social Security Administration. This press release does not represent the views, positions or policies of, or the endorsements by, any of these federal agencies.
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