Severino: 'Legal guardrails' prevent healthcare discrimination

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

hospital signThe director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an order saying there can be no discrimination in applying care for people who have coronavirus.

"There have been news reports about what are called crisis standards of care, which are the plans for triage in case of lack of resources," Roger Severino recently told the "Sandy Rios in the Morning" program on AFR Talk. "We've also received complaints against states and their crisis of standards plans, and we've opened investigation."

Severino's office is hopeful that states that may have problematic provisions will cooperate with HHS to fix this situation.

"We don't have much time," Severino continued. "Right now, as of this moment, there is not the shortage that would require triaging. However, that may change, and it may change within days."

That, said Severino, would put people in some very tough positions.

"When it's questions of life and death, when it's a question of who gets what resources to live or die, it's not ultimately a scientific question," added Severino. "It is actually a moral and legal one."

Severino

Severino went on to say that "there are legal guardrails" in place.

For instance, there cannot be discrimination on the basis of disability or age, which "means you can't stereotype about people, and you also can't take into account their quality of life," the OCR director explained. "You can't say a person with Down syndrome has a life not worth living, and therefore the person with Down syndrome doesn't get a ventilator."

"Those sorts of judgment don't belong in our system," Severino asserted. "Our civil rights laws are there to protect people against that."

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