This week CPR, and a coalition of more than 20 interested organizations and individuals, responded to the recently revised Massachusetts Crisis Standards of Care, issued on April 20, 2020.
In a letter to the Administration dated April 22, 2020, advocates noted several important changes to the revised Standards, including the elimination of long term prognosis and “life limiting comorbidities” as factors that could result in the denial of lifesaving care. However, serious problems remain, constituting prohibited discrimination on the basis race, age, and/or disability. Rather than file a complaint with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR), advocates have offered to work with the Administration to resolve these problems through further revisions to the Standards in the near future.
Read more about our advocacy work surrounding Covid-19 medical rationing.