July 6, 2020

Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19

Public Comment (pdf)


May 22, 2020

Advocates Opposition to May Revision Proposal to Cut Medi-Cal Access to Seniors

Western Center on Law & Poverty and the over 64 undersigned organizations urge the Legislature to oppose cuts proposed in the Governor’s May Revision that would reduce access to health care for California’s low-income seniors.

Opposition to May Revision Proposal Letter (pdf)


May 20, 2020

DRC Submits Comments Opposing Proposed Changes by CMS to the Pre-admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Program for Nursing Facility Residents

Disability Rights California and Justice in Aging jointly submitted comments opposing proposed changes by the federal Centers for Medicaid Medicare Services to the Pre-admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program.

Comments on Proposed Rule (pdf)


May 18, 2020

DRC and DREDF Guidance for Health Care Facilities

Visitation for support persons for patients with disabilities.

On May 2, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an All Facilities Letter (20-38.1) to the State’s health facilities regarding the allowance of support people to accompany patients with disabilities. This document summarizes CDPH’s new guidance, and provides important information on how it should be implemented across California to safeguard the rights and well-being of people with disabilities.

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April 22, 2020

Opposition to policies found within Health Care Surge Crisis Care Guidelines (CCG)

We have reviewed the CCG that the California Department of Public Health (DPH) issued earlier this week, and believe that it violates the anti-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which incorporate protections from the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“ADA of 1975”).

Letter to Ghaly (pdf)


April 22, 2020

California Organizations Letter re Health Care Rationing to Governor Newsom and Secretary Ghaly

Under state and federal laws, people with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to receive life-sustaining treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Letter Regarding Health Care Rationing (pdf)


April 20, 2020

Letter to Department of Joint Hospitals (DHS)

We request that DSH use its authority to decrease the population in its facilities by discharging residents who have community alternatives and provide additional protections for the residents who remain.

DSH Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (pdf)


April 16, 2020

Request for a Hearing Dedicated to the Public Behavioral Health Delivery System and Support for COVID-19 Relief Funding to Support Critical Behavioral Health Safety Net Infrastructure

The upcoming oversight hearings assessing the use of the emergency funds allocated to combat COVID-19 will help inform future distributions of emergency funds.

Assembly Senate Special Hearing Coalition Letter and Testimomy (pdf)


April 3, 2020

Advocate Request to Improve Access to Health Care During Pandemic

On behalf of ACLU of California, California PanEthnic Health Network, Children Now, Disability Rights California, Justice in Aging, Health Access California, Maternal and Child Health Access, National Health Law Program, The Children’s Partnership, and Western Center on Law & Poverty, we write this letter to provide information about additional community needs to access the health care and related services they need.

Request to Improve Access to Health Care During Pandemic (pdf)
Addendum - Additional Changes to Medi-Cal Program (pdf)


Mar 24, 2020

Disability Rights California Calls Upon State Policy Makers and Medical Providers to Act Now to Stop Deadly Discrimination Against People with Disabilities Before it Starts

Californians with disabilities and our advocates are horrified by reports from Italy and now Washington State about rationing access to Coronavirus (COVID-19) care via medical treatment triage criteria that will openly exclude people with disabilities from life-saving care.

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