The coronavirus pandemic has led many older adults to postpone medical care, a new survey finds.
COVID-19 is drawing increased attention to longstanding inequities and divisions in society. But while this is an extremely broad phenomenon involving just about everyone, it’s also happening in narrower, more specific ways among people with disabilities. The iron vice of pandemic is making some major cracks in the disability community a lot more visible.
Letters to the Editor: Rationing COVID-19 treatment to the elderly and disabled is illegal and immoral | Tony Coehlo to the New York Times
Thank you for your editorial opposing any triage system that takes disability, age or wealth into account. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which I authored, sought to ensure people with disabilities did not get the “short end of the stick” and were protected across all aspects of public life.
When the coronavirus outbreak appeared likely to rage through the Bay Area weeks ago, residents of this hermit-like beach community tried to protect themselves by doing what they do best — keeping out strangers. Despite a regional stay-home order, outsiders were inundating Bolinas, which sits just south of Point Reyes National Seashore in west Marin County. Yelling matches ensued. Residents posted themselves at the entrance to town and shouted at drivers, “Go home!”
Because seniors are at greater risk of coronavirus, many have been forced to social distance themselves from their own families, with no end in sight.
More than half of older Americans, many with chronic conditions, put off medical treatment during the first month of social distancing. That’s according to a nationwide survey funded by the SCAN Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, both of which focus on improving care for older adults.
Disability, health advocates welcome Medicaid changes Colorado requested due to coronavirus | The Denver Post
Colorado has asked federal officials to approve a host of temporary changes to its Medicaid program to keep more people covered and sustain health care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the changes were priorities for health and disability rights advocates long before the new coronavirus began spreading. It’s not clear if they could stick around once the public health emergency ends, though.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will not recommend that Congress waive the main requirements of three federal education laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA. The federal law ensures that children with disabilities have a right to a free, appropriate public education whenever and wherever schools are operating.
NDI has launched an online resource center to help people with #disabilities and chronic health conditions deal with the financial challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
Maria suffers from diabetes, asthma, hypertension and depression. She needs to eat healthy to keep her glucose level stable and enhance her immune system. But she doesn’t want to venture out to the grocery store. She lives alone, her husband passed away several years ago. Her son lives thousands of miles away and talks to her on FaceTime, fearful to visit and endanger her.
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to unearth some uncomfortable truths about our nation, as the inequities that too often live below the surface are bubbling up for all to see. One such failure that must be more widely addressed and immediately rectified is the neglect of people with disabilities, many of whom are among the most endangered by Covid-19, as their conditions or chronic illnesses may leave them at greater physical risk of suffering the virus’s devastating effects.
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