The COVID-19 crisis has created numerous challenges for older adults and people with disabilities. As cases surge across the country, hospitals and health systems have difficult choices to make in the event they do not have enough ICU beds, ventilators, medications, or other resources to treat patients. Crisis standards of care are developed to help providers establish standards when rationing life-saving resources. However, these policies often include discriminatory provisions that make it harder for people with disabilities and older adults to receive treatment. Older adults of color and people of color with disabilities also face additional prejudice because these policies may further systemic health inequities.
This webcast, Combating Discriminatory Crisis Care Standards, in partnership with Center for Public Representation, provides an overview of crisis standards of care, legal protections against discriminatory policies, and best practices for advocates to combat problematic crisis standards.
Who Should Attend:
Aging and disability rights advocates, elder justice advocates, legal services attorneys, elder law attorneys, community-based organizations, and health care providers.
Gelila Selassie, Justice in Aging
Alison Barkoff, Center for Public Representation
This webcast took place on Tuesday, September 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET.