COVID Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities / Stop Care Rationing

Stop Care Rationing

We must take action to stop hospitals and states must setting up triage plans that deprioritize older adults and people with disabilities. They say that our lives are not worth as much. But we can fight back.

* Sign on to an open letter and take a “solidarity selfie!” #NoBodyIsDisposable

* Print out DREDF’s Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights information (here in English/Spanish), available at in multiple languages.

* Post a note on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, with a story of someone you know who lived to be old, or someone disabled, who gives an example of people whose lives are worth saving.

The Center for Public Representation has compiled a wealth of information on medical care rationing, including an overview of the issue, national and state-specific letters, and media articles.

On July 28th, we held a teach-in. Watch the video and listen to the discussion here: 

Articles about seniors & disabled people potentially being denied care: 

America’s Looming Experiment in Health Care Rationing

COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities

CA Nursing Homes Got Insider Access…

Viewpoints: Physicians Rightfully Worry About Multiple Longterm Effects Of Epidemic; Decisions On Allocating Care Get More Difficult

Disability Visibility Project: Fatphobia, Ableism & the Covid 19 Pandemic

Opinion | ‘I Will Not Apologize for My Needs’: Even in a crisis, doctors should not abandon the principle of nondiscrimination

Opinion | My Life Is More ‘Disposable’ During This Pandemic

Opinion | ‘Covid-19 Kills Only Old People.’ Only?

Opinion | Defeating the Pandemic Means Confronting Ageism and Ableism

Opinion | Rationing Care Is a Surrender to Death

HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care

Ventilators limited for the disabled? Rationing plans are slammed by advocates

Long-Term Care Facilities

Disabled people and seniors living in facilities such as nursing homes, board and cares, assisted living, and other facilities are at high risk of illness and death from COVID-19. SDA is working with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and others to secure protections, testing, and good treatment for residents and workers in long-term care facilities.

Learn more in this article about the national crisis in LTC facilities.

SDA letter to the City and County of San Francisco

CANHR’s Emergency Action Plan

Thank you to the San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board for opposing the state proposal to grant immunity to nursing homes who fail to protect their residents.