DOJ Rescinds Protections Under the ADA for Medical Facilities

DOJ Rescinds Protections Afforded by Americans With Disabilities Act

By Ariana Marini, Medical Bag, April 18, 2018

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, he proclaimed, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.”1 But 27 years later, that wall will grow a little taller.

On December 26, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) ruled to formally withdraw 4 Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking related to Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.2 The withdrawal included rulemaking that addressed making non-fixed medical equipment and furniture, such as examination tables, scales, and mammogram equipment, accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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