Healthcare

Spencer v. Providence St. Joseph Health

July 26, 2022

In July 2022, DRA filed a class action lawsuit in the Western District of Washington against Providence St. Joseph Health and Western HealthConnect for their consistent failure to ensure effective communication for d/Deaf patients seeking medical care at Providence’s Seattle-area facilities. Read the complaint here. Providence is the largest health care provider in Washington with hospitals, … Continue reading “Spencer v. Providence St. Joseph Health”

Deaf Access at Providence Health Washington Facilities

November 24, 2020

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) would like to speak with individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, are Providence Health Washington patients, and have experienced any of the following problems at a Providence Health Washington facility within the last two years: unqualified interpreters; problems with VRI; delay in providing an interpreter; not providing an interpreter … Continue reading “Deaf Access at Providence Health Washington Facilities”

Access to Long-Term Care Facilities for Patients on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

October 9, 2020

The Legal Action Center and Disability Rights Advocates are investigating discrimination by nursing homes or other long-term care facilities in NYC and NYS, against people receiving medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). MOUD is the use of methadone, buprenorphine (often goes by the brand name Suboxone), or injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol) to treat opioid use disorder. … Continue reading “Access to Long-Term Care Facilities for Patients on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder”

Fust v. First Urology

August 13, 2020

First Urology is a full-service urological medical and imaging practice with roughly twenty locations in Kentucky and Indiana. First Urology is required by law to buy equipment and train its staff to help people with disabilities lift onto examination and imaging tables. Instead, First Urology has a written policy stating that patients requiring assistance to … Continue reading “Fust v. First Urology”

Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

August 19, 2019

Click here for community resources (English and Spanish) including information explaining the consequences of the court’s order, who it applies to, and aspects of the decision that may be useful in your advocacy. According to the April 20, 2020 emergency order, ICE must conduct custody redeterminations for all subclass members. Click here for information on … Continue reading “Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement”

Hinkle, et al. v. Kent, et al.

October 22, 2018

On October 18, 2018, DRA and a coalition of blind advocates filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its county agents for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille. The plaintiffs are the California Council of the Blind and three … Continue reading “Hinkle, et al. v. Kent, et al.”

Sandra Lamb v. NRAD Medical Associates, et al.

March 2, 2017

In 2017, Disability Rights Advocates filed a federal lawsuit against NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers on behalf of a person who uses a wheelchair after she was denied service based on her disability.  None of NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers’ many facilities throughout Long Island and in Queens provide the accessible medical equipment necessary for treating patients … Continue reading “Sandra Lamb v. NRAD Medical Associates, et al.”

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, et al. v. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center et al.

July 26, 2016

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has agreed to implement policy changes to ensure that its patient-focused healthcare services are accessible to individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Hospitals are required to provide patients and companions with auxiliary aids and services—such as qualified sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices—that are necessary for effective … Continue reading “Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, et al. v. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center et al.”

Kaiser Permanente Structured Negotiations

February 2, 2016

In 2012, DRA, the California Coun­cil of the Blind (CCB), Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho (GBDH), and three Kaiser patients with vision disabilities entered structured negotiations with Kaiser Permanente to address health care access barriers. These barriers to services, programs, and facilities compromise the health care of people who are blind or low vision. Kaiser patients … Continue reading “Kaiser Permanente Structured Negotiations”