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New Federal Rule Strengthening Protections Against Disability Discrimination

May 14, 2024 – By BD SUMHAC, HFA, and NBDF

Progress Alert! After advocacy from the bleeding disorders community, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), finalized a new rule that increases equity and access to behavioral health facilities for people with bleeding disorders.

The new rule, entitled Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Health and Human Service Programs or Activities, clarifies that the protections afforded to people with disabilities (including people with bleeding disorders) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) apply to medical settings.

Read BD SUMHAC’s full statement on the new 504 rule!

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