CHA Welcomes Opportunity to Increase Access to Care for Persons with Disabilities

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September 7, 2023

Contact: Brian Reardon

Washington, D.C. – Today the Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed rule that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The rule, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, updates critical provisions to help persons with disabilities access health and human services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Catholic health ministry is strongly committed to supporting legislation and policies that increase access to care for everyone, particularly those who are most vulnerable and in need of care. We welcome the opportunity to review this regulation and work with the Administration to ensure that it increases access to equitable care for persons with disabilities and allows health care providers to better serve this population.

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The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest nonprofit provider of health care services in the nation.

  • 1 in 7 patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital each day.
  • Catholic health care, which includes more than 2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems, sponsors, and related organizations, serves the full continuum of health care across our nation.

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