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March 3, 2021
CPR along with our partners, Mass Advocates Standing Strong, The Arc of Massachusetts, The Boston Center for Independent Living, The Disability Policy Consortium, The Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and Mass Families Organizing for Change held multiple virtual listening sessions the disability community's questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine.
February 24, 2021
The Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resolved a disability discrimination complaint against the MedStar hospital system. Complainant William King is a 73-year-old man with communications-related disabilities, who was refused access to his designated support person during a lengthy hospital stay.
February 11, 2021
CPR and Partners announce the release of a new report: “Examining How Crisis Standards of Care May Lead to Intersectional Medical Discrimination Against COVID-19 Patients.” The report provides an explanation of crisis standards of care policies implemented by states and hospital systems and how they may discriminate against marginalized individuals and communities, the principles that should apply to prevent discrimination, the relevant civil rights legal framework, and recommended strategies to ensure that crisis standards do not discriminate during the pandemic or in the future.
February 8, 2021
On February 1, 2021, CPR provided written testimony as part of a public hearing convened by the Massachusetts Health Equity Task Force. The Task Force is charged with recommending short and long term responses to health inequality in the Commonwealth. In order to dismantle barriers to health care, and to redress these harms going forward, the Center offered short and long term recommendations.
February 1, 2021
The Center, together with a broad cross section of the disability, aging, and civil rights organizations, urged the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to take specific steps to ensure individuals at high risk of complications from COVID-19 have equitable access to the vaccines.