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Justice Department’s proposed rule to improve access to medical care for people with disabilities

Posted on January 10, 2024

  • The Justice Department sent to the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that aims to make it easier for people with disabilities to use medical diagnostic equipment (MDE).
  • MDEs include things like medical examination tables, scales, dental chairs, x-ray machines, and mammography equipment.
  • They want to have clear standards for hospitals and clinics on how to make equipment accessible.
  • Accessible equipment is important so that people with disabilities can get proper medical care.
  • Some healthcare providers aren’t providing basic care because the equipment isn’t accessible.
  • The proposed rule will be online for public review. People can share their thoughts on it for 30 days: www.regulations.gov.

Read the Department of Justice press release

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