On June 26, 2020, the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the state of Tennessee updated its crisis standards of care (CSC) plan to ensure the criteria does not discriminate against persons based on disability or age. Disability Rights Tennessee and other advocacy organizations filed a complaint about the state’s CSC plan. They alleged the plan would unlawfully disqualify individuals with advanced neuromuscular disease, metastatic cancer, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and other disabilities from use of a ventilator in times of scarcity. The state updated its CSC plan after OCR provided . . .
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